London : Actress Linda Marlowe is renowned for her solo performances. Inspired and enraged by current political events, Linda’s latest show BELIEVE is an exploration of war and religion from a woman’s perspective.
The Old Testament God is a God of war. And war is a man’s game. But what of the women? BELIEVE, a contemporary re-imagining of four biblical characters - traitorous prostitute Rahab, infanticidal widow Bathsheba, seductive warrior Judith and stoical martyr Hannah – asks what does it mean to have faith in today’s world?
To a modern sensibility, stories from the Bible may seem archaic. But dig beneath the surface and you’ll find tales that are shocking even by today’s sensationalist tabloid standards. From seduction, torture and decapitation to infanticide and rape.
Rahab, a working class prostitute, lives in a besieged city in the middle of a modern day conflict zone. Bathsheba is a poised, middle class army wife, whose betrayed husband was recently killed in combat. Embroiled in the suburban politics of army wives’ gossip, Bathsheba reminisces painfully about her last argument with her husband, and her secret adultery with an army commander. Judith, a strong woman murders Holofernes whilst sleeping, avenging her own experiences as a lifelong victim at the hands of men and Hannah and her sons are tortured for rebelling against the rules of a dictatorial regime which requires them to forego their beliefs and ritual traditions.
‘The great Linda Marlowe achieves an absolutely memorable, deep stillness, in a heart stopping monologue…” THE SCOTSMAN 2007
‘Marlowe’s every emotional sinew is on show in a confessional that puts faith in the front line…’ THE HERALD, EDINBURGH 2007
Never one to settle for a safe bet, Linda Marlowe has spent four decades at the cutting edge of theatre. Well known for her years of working with Steven Berkoff, she launched her solo career with Berkoff’s Women. As a founding member of 70s pre-punk, feminist icons the Sadista Sisters, she rocked at the Reading Festival. Learning trapeze at the age of 60, she swung over audiences around the world in the autobiographical No Fear. Linda has also worked extensively in film, television, and radio; most recently in Jekyll with James Nesbitt, which had its airing on the BBC during the summer of 2007. In February 2008 Linda will be taking part in the Adelaide International Theatre Festival with Berkoff’s Women and Believe.
LMP in association with New End Theatre and Richard Jordan Productions Ltd present
best solo performer (nominated by The Stage) 2007 Edinburgh Festival
Linda Marlowe In BELIEVE
by Matthew Hurt
Director Gavin Marshall
Choreography Jacqui Chan
Lighting Mishi L.B.
at New End Theatre 27 New End Hampstead
London NW3 1JD
17 January to 2 February 2008 at 9.00pm (no performances on 22, 27 and 28 January)
Tickets: £15 concessions £12
Running time 1 hour
Contains strong language and not suitable for children under 12.
Box office 0870 033 2733 www.newendtheatre.co.uk
The Bible on Stage
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