The Last Days of Judas Iscariot
By STEPHEN ADLY GUIRGIS
This is Purgatory...I got all day
Judas Iscariot feels alone. Vilified by all Christians for the last 2000 years for his betrayal of Jesus Christ to the Romans for 30 pieces of silver. For that act and his subsequent suicide he has allegedly been condemned to the ninth circle of hell. It is a story with which we are all familiar.
Perhaps the time has come for a reprieve? Many others had their sins washed away by Jesus, many other were given the opportunity to start again. And are there not other figures that should share the blame?
Where better to try the case of Judas Iscariot vs God and the kingdom of Heaven and earth than in a courtroom poised between heaven and hell: as the attorney for Judas’ defence states: “This is Purgatory...I got all day.”
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot is not a play about one man’s guilt and another’s forgiveness; rather that through such a contemporary dramatic exploration of an ancient debate about celebrated figures, we as an audience are able to re-examine our own betrayals, our own personal lapses of belief, and who we need to look to for forgiveness.
It is a glorious intoxicating brew that, in its fantasy and daring, reminds me of Tony Kushner’s equally high flying Angels in America.
The Last Days of Judas Iscariot makes most contemporary plays seems safe, timid and dull, and reminds us of what is missing not only from 99 per cent of our dramas but from 99 per cent of our lives - a sense of spirituality and of mystery.
JUDAS | Jack Lowe
JESUS | Ronan Harrington
SATAN | Alex Baker
CUNNINGHAM | Deborah Lean
EL FAYOUMY | Tariq Bhatti
JUDGE | James Newall
BUTCH HONEYWELL | Eddie Register
SAINT PETER / BAILIFF | Alan Maddrell
SAINT MATTHEW | Ben Baxter
PONTIUS PILATE | Paul Norton
MARY MAGDALENE / LORETTA | Adriana Maestrazi
GLORIA / MATTHIAS OF GALIEE | Fran Rafferty
MOTHER TERESA | Rukshan Mehra
HENRIETTA ISCARIOT | Judith Barbeler
SAINT MONICA | Tracie Laurinaitis
CAIPHAS THE ELDER | Chris de Pury
SIMON THE ZEALOT | Adam Moulder
DIRECTOR | Zoe Thomas Webb
PRODUCER | Rebecca Smith
Billed as an amateur production, the Sedos’ cast are anything but. The clever staging and superb costumes only amplify the wonderful work being put in by the actors… A production that does real justice to the writing and ethos of the play, this is one you will be loath to miss…
Bridewell Theatre and Royal Courts of Justice
- Tuesday 27 September 2011 7.30pm
- Wednesday 28 September 2011 7.30pm
- Thursday 29 September 2011 7.30pm
- Friday 30 September 2011 7.30pm
- Saturday 1 October 2011 2.30pm
- Saturday 1 October 2011 7.30pm
- Thursday 13 October 2011 7.30pm