Walking to Jerusalem
Passion Pit Theatre, in association with Amos Trust, Hodder and Stoughton and The Church at Carrs Lane, Birmingham, presents
WALKING TO JERUSALEM
Blisters, hope and other facts on the ground.
written & performed by JUSTIN BUTCHER
directed by MATILDA REITH
designed by SARAH MERCADE
music & sound by JACK C. ARNOLD
video design by DAMIAN HALE & DAVE SHEPHERD
Friday 27th September at 7pm
The Church at Carrs Lane,
Birmingham, B4 7SX
2017 marked three major anniversaries in the Palestinian struggle: the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, the fiftieth year of Israels military occupation of the Palestinian Territories, and the tenth year of the blockade of Gaza. To change the record after a century of injustice, a pilgrimage set out to walk from London to Jerusalem in penance, solidarity, and hope. This was the inspiration of award-winning playwright, actor, and musician Justin Butcher (Scaramouche Jones, The Madness of George Dubya, The Devils Passion), who worked with human rights charity Amos Trust to mount the Just Walk to Jerusalem.
Calling for equal rights for all in the Holy Land, more than one hundred walkers took part. Nine walked the whole way.
This is their story walking journals and travellers tales on paths of pilgrimage and conquest, from monasteries and mountain passes to Bedouin camps and desert wadis across Europe and the Middle East brought to life in a playful and inventive blend of theatre and stand-up directed by acclaimed theatre maker Matilda Reith (Daniel, Grounded, Remains of the Day), with a haunting and evocative soundscape by Jack C. Arnold (Wild Rose, War & Peace, Holy Flying Circus, Albatross) and video montage created from live footage along the route, by award-winning artist Damian Hale (Sigur Ros, Chemical Brothers, U2).
Along Roman roads and refugee routes, with occasional outbreaks of blisters, tear gas and desert spirituality, virtuoso storyteller Justin Butcher traces the perils, pratfalls and marvels of the path to Jerusalem. A chronicle of serendipity: happenstances hilarious, infuriating and occasionally numinous or, as pilgrims might say, encounters with the Divine.
So impressive interweaving face-to-face experiences and political realities, displays the kind of unusual empathy essential in that tangled and tragic situation.
Brian Eno Artist & Musician
The Church at Carrs Lane (View)
Birmingham B4 7SX
|Minimum Age: 12|
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: Yes!|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|