Passion Pit Theatre, in association with Amos Trust & Hodder and Stoughton presents

Blisters, hope and other facts on the ground

written & performed by JUSTIN BUTCHER
directed by MATILDA REITH
designed by SARAH MERCADE
music & sound by JACK C. ARNOLD

‘So impressive – interweaving face-to-face experiences and political realities, displays the kind of unusual empathy essential in that tangled and tragic situation.’ BRIAN ENO Artist & Musician


Hoxton Hall, 130 Hoxton Street, London N1 6SH
19th-20th September at 7.30pm
BOOK TICKETS: 020 7684 0060

Walking to Jerusalem

United Reformed Church, 83 Portsmouth Road, Guildford GU2 4BS
21st September at 7.30pm
BOOK TICKETS: 01252 792609

The Church at Carrs Lane, Carrs Lane, Birmingham B4 7SX
27th September at 7pm
BOOK TICKETS: 0800 411 8881

New Theatre, 43 Essex Street East, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, D02 XH96
1st-4th October at 7.30pm
5th October at 3pm & 7.30pm
6th October at 4.30pm
BOOK TICKETS: https://dublintheatrefestival.ie/programme/event/walking-to-jerusalem

Cotham Parish Church, Cotham Rd, Bristol BS6 6DR
10th October at 7.30pm
BOOK TICKETS: 0800 411 8881

The Cut, New Cut, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 8BY
11th-12th October at 8pm
BOOK TICKETS: 0300 3033 211 or email boxoffice@newcut.org

St Saviour, Dartmouth
16th October at 7.30pm
BOOK TICKETS: 0800 411 8881

Methodist Temple Church, Fore Street, Budleigh Salterton EX9 6NN
17th October at 7.30pm
BOOK TICKETS: 0800 411 8881

Friargate Theatre, Lower Friargate, York YO1 9SL
24th October at 7.30pm
BOOK TICKETS: 01904 613000

St Paul’s Church, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1JP
25th October at 7.30pm
BOOK TICKETS: 0800 411 8881

“A remarkable work of humanity and humility — a great achievement from an inspiring man, beautifully drawn, very moving and often very funny, recounting in vivid detail the history, landscapes and people encountered on the way. Utterly evocative.” John McCarthy CBE — Journalist & broadcaster

2017 marked three major anniversaries in the Palestinian struggle: the centenary of the Balfour Declaration, the fiftieth year of Israels 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 George Dubya’, ‘The Devils Passion’), who worked with human rights charity Amos Trust to mount the Just Walk to Jerusalem.

Calling for equal rights for all in the Holy Land, more than one hundred walkers took part. Nine walked the whole way.

See the short (4-minute) film here: https://vimeo.com/amostrust/just-walk

This is their story walking journals and travellers tales on paths of pilgrimage and conquest, from monasteries and mountain passes to Bedouin camps and desert wadis across Europe and the Middle East brought to life in a playful and inventive blend of theatre and stand-up directed by acclaimed theatre maker Matilda Reith (‘The Good Times’, ‘The Andrea Project’, ‘Hotel Room’), with a haunting and evocative soundscape by Jack C. Arnold (‘Wild Rose’, ‘War & Peace’, ‘Holy Flying Circus’, ‘Albatross’) and video montage created from live footage along the route, by award-winning artist Damian Hale (Sigur Ros, Chemical Brothers, U2).

Along Roman roads and refugee routes, with occasional outbreaks of blisters, tear gas and desert spirituality, virtuoso storyteller 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.

“Butcher relights the flames of hope in our age of hopelessness.” Yasmin Alibhai-Brown — Columnist of the Year 2016, British Press Awards

“Justin Butcher leads us on a fascinating and thoughtful tour through history into the heart of the politics of contemporary Palestine.” Jeremy Hardy — Comedian

“Incredibly moving and fascinating, a powerful pilgrim’s tale of love, humour and solidarity.” Rosalind Nashashibi — 2017 Turner Prize nominee

supported by Amos Trust, Hodder Faith, Waverley Learning & Zaytoun CIC