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posted: 11 Oct 2017 - edit preview / upload images
Jerusalem
Jez Butterworth
society/company: Company Of Ten, Abbey Theatre (directory)
from: 10 Nov 2017 - 18 Nov 2017
venue: Abbey Theatre, Westminster Lodge, Holywell Hill, St Albans AL1 2DL


Jerusalem Posted

On St. George's Day, the morning of the local county fair, Johnny "Rooster" Byron, local waster and modern day Pied Piper, is a wanted man. The council officials want to serve him an eviction notice, his son wants him to take him to the fair, Troy Whitworth wants to give him a serious kicking, and a motley crew of mates want his ample supply of drugs and alcohol.

This play tells the tale of a day in the life of Johnny Byron and is funny, thought provoking and, at times, shocking. Be warned, this is not a play for the easily offended!

Johnny Byron is one of the great characters of the modern stage, a true anti-hero, immortalised in the original production by living legend Mark Rylance. Johnny, a true charmer and lovable rogue, has a copious collection of tall tales, matched in quantity only by his seemingly inexhaustible supply of drugs. He is surrounded by an eclectic cast of characters including a wannabe DJ, a Morris Dancing pub landlord, a baffled pensioner known as “The Professor”, a psychopathic local thug and a raucous rabble of drug taking, rave loving, foul mouthed teenagers.

Don’t let the title of this play fool you, it is the polar opposite of religiosity and contains extremely strong language (imagine the worst swear word you can think of and it’s more than likely going to be said in this play), scenes of drug use and, probably most shocking of all, Morris Dancing!



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