30th October 2019
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In this powerful reimagining of Jo Clifford’s acclaimed play, Jesus is embodied in the present as a travesti woman from the fringes of Sao Paulo. Renata Carvalho’s raw and mesmerising performance brings her travesti identity to the fore, challenging us to understand the suffering caused by stigma and marginalisation.
Performed from Berlin to Cape Verde and across South America, O Evangelho has changed the landscape of Brazilian theatre forever, enduring state and institutional censorship and sixteen lawsuits. Since the election of right-wing Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro it has become too dangerous to perform the play in Brazil.
Written by Jo Clifford
Translated & directed by Natalia Mallo
Performed by Renata Carvalho
Followed by a Q&A with the company discussing censorship, art and activism, chaired by Ricky Brown Monahan of Scottish PEN.
Part of the mini-season of work celebrating the tenth anniversary of The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven - from the groundbreaking original production, to the Scottish premiere of the Brazilian production and a new work-in-progress reading: https://www.queenjesusproductions.com/miniseason
Supported by Creative Scotland National Lottery Funding and British Council.
Note: Contains nudity and strobe lighting.
Image: Luciane Pires Ferreira