Written and performed by Justin Butcher, directed by Matilda Leith, with music and sound by Jack C. Arnold, Walking to Jerusalem comes to The Cut, Halesworth, Suffolk.
2017 marked three major anniversaries for Palestinian people: the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, the fifteenth year of Israel’s military occupation of the Palestinian Territories, and the tenth year of the blockade of Gaza. To change the record after a century of injustice, a pilgrimage set out to walk from London to Jerusalem- in penance, solidarity and hope.
This was the inspiration of award winning playwright, actor and musician Justin Butcher (Scaramouche Jones, The Madness of King George, The Devil’s Passion) who worked with human rights charity Amos Trust to mount the Just Walk to Jerusalem from June to November 2017. Calling for equal rights for all in the holy land. More than 100 walkers took part and 9 walked the whole way.
Along Roman roads and refugee routes, with occasional outbreaks of blisters, tear gas and desert spirituality, in a feat of virtuoso storytelling accompanied by a video montage created by ward winning artist Damian Hale and David Shepherd from live footage along the route. Justin Butcher traces the perils, pratfalls 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.
Friday 11th & Saturday 12 October. 8pm.