In a dynamic new show which playfully and inventively blends theatre and stand-up, award-winning playwright and actor Justin Butcher (Scaramouche Jones, The Madness of George Dubya, The Devil’s Passion) tells the story of an epic ‘London to Jerusalem Pilgrimage’ (June –November 2017) organized by human rights charity Amos Trust.
The Walk marked three major 2017 anniversaries: the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, the fiftieth year of Israel’s occupation and the tenth year of the blockade of Gaza. Just Walk – involving more than one hundred walkers – nine of whom walked the whole way – and called for equal rights for all those living in the Holy Land.
This show, written and performed by Justin Butcher, is directed by Genesis-shortlisted director Matilda Reith (The Good Times, The Andrew Project, Hotel Room) and designed by Sarah Mercadé, 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 artists Damian Hale, David Shepherd and Christian Krupa (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 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.
“A remarkable work of humanity and humility — fascinating, beautifully drawn, very moving and often very funny. Utterly evocative.” John McCarthy CBE — Journalist & broadcaster
“So impressive … displays the kind of unusual empathy essential in that tangled and tragic situation.” Brian Eno — Artist & Musician
“An incredibly moving and fascinating pilgrim’s tale of love, humour and solidarity.” Rosalind Nashashibi — 2017 Turner Prize nominee
“Butcher relights the flames of hope in our age of hopelessness.” Yasmin Alibhai-Brown — Columnist of the Year 2016, British Press Awards