Jesus is alive and well in theatre (even if showbiz upsets believers). Theatre-lovers will enjoy exploring our rich English tradition of dramatic portrayals of Jesus. Here is a study that ranges widely, from medieval Mystery Plays to Berkoff and from stage to broadcast media. Students (of drama and/or missiology) will find here a treasure-trove of references, critiques and listings. There are plenty of practical applications for: 1. actors cast in the part of Jesus 2. playwrights 3. producers and directors 4. churches planning to use drama, either as amateurs or with invited professionals.
Prof. Kenneth Pickering is regarded as Britain's leading director of medieval drama, following massive productions in Canterbury and Birmingham Cathedrals and Malvern and Tewkesbury Abbeys. Tony Jasper founded the Jasperian Theatre Company whose touring shows recreate the lives of major religious figures. He has published 70 titles, and is a former broadcaster with BBC Radio One.
1. Enter Jesus 2. The Jesus Of The Mysteries 3. The Jesus Of The Passions 4. Jesus In The Contemporary Theatre: Jesus Rocks 5. Plays, Plays And Plays 6. An Interval 7. Christians And Churches Cast Jesus On Stage 8. Listening And Seeing - At Home 9. Final Thoughts