Actor George Dillon presents an unforgettable vision of Jesus in a play at Devon Hall
AWARD-winning actor George Dillon presents an unforgettable vision of Jesus in his highly intense, very human and occasionally humorous performance of The Gospel of Matthew.
Inspired by an encounter with Bob Geldof at Euston Station and created in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, Dillon's powerful delivery of his own translation portrays Jesus not as a gentle, meek and mild lamb to the slaughter but as a contemporary raging fighter for God – a fiery Jesus – a Christ who is angry at humanity but also human in his anger.
The Gospel of Matthew was traditionally considered the earliest account of the life and teachings of Jesus and was originally compiled soon after the Roman destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. With religious and racial conflict still an issue in the Middle East, Matthew's apocalyptic Gospel is as relevant, inspiring and terrifying today as when it was written.
Dillon's version of The Gospel of Matthew is at times startling and challenging in its immediacy but also wholly authentic to the original scripture, and his performance of it has won praise from all sides of the faith divide. He was nominated for The Stage's Best Actor Award for The Gospel of Matthew at the Edinburgh Festival in 2003. His performance was later filmed for Scottish TV and has won wide acclaim touring to theatres and churches throughout the UK.
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The piece is performed to a backdrop of computerised video and an original musical score by Charlotte Glasson and Stuart Daye.
The Gospel Of Matthew is at @Devon Hall, Bideford College on Friday, February 15, 8pm. Tickets: £10 (adult), £8 (concession), £7 (Plough supporter). Box office: 01805 624624.