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Jerusalem

by Jez Butterworth

11th to 18th March 2017



On St George’s Day, the morning of the local country fair, Johnny 'Rooster' Byron, local waster and Lord of Misrule, is a wanted man. The council officials want to serve him an eviction notice on the trailer in the woods which is his home, his son wants to be taken to the fair, a vengeful father who suspects him of leading his under-age daughter astray wants to give him a serious kicking, and a motley crew of mates want his ample supply of drugs and alcohol, and to be regaled by his tales. He can spin a yarn for sure, and has always kept himself afloat with his menacing charm, cunning wit and a wealth of outlandish mythical stories, but how will he dig himself out of the hole this time?

Taking its inspiration from William Blake’s lyrics to the song Jerusalem, and the real life retired builder Micky Laye (who lived in a caravan in Pewsey, Wiltshire) this dark comedy ends up being a commentary on modern (and olde) England, a rich assessment of the collision between old world spiritualism and modern economic development. The text is bold and lyrical, with the success of the whole piece hinging on the diverse tapestry of characters and their various interactions.

PLEASE NOTE: This production will commence at 7:30pm for all performances.