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12 April 2018 Posted by 

Their voices are hopeful, searching, stoic, doubtful and joyful

AWARD-winning documentary theatre maker, David Williams, will present his critically-acclaimed production, Quiet Faith, at Riverside Theatres from April 26th to 28th.

A surprising and deeply personal journey into the world of the quietly, progressively faithful, Quiet Faith invites audiences to experience the perspectives of everyday Christian Australians on religion, belonging, loyalties and community.

Quiet Faith unpacks the complex disconnection between the intense conservatism of political and media movements that pertain to speak on behalf of Christians, and the many faith-based progressives whose faith is a motivator for social justice, activism and progressive values. Their voices are hopeful, searching, stoic, doubtful and joyful.

Williams created the 65-minute work using hours of interviews with 20 Christian Australians. The sound design incorporates popular hymns and the audience is seated amongst the performers, creating an immersive experience that feels as conversational as it does theatrical.

Williams said he is excited to be bringing the play to Riverside Theatres for the first time. “This new season of Quiet Faith, in the heart of Parramatta, will give the show a new life and new context." 

It's an ethnically and culturally diverse place and a quarter of its residents are part of non-Christian faiths. Audiences will have complex and different responses to the work, depending on their own relationship with religious institutions.

Quiet Faith offers a beautiful, immersive and heartfelt portrait of the very different ways that faith can underpin civic life.

Writer/Director David Williams; Performers Rose Maher and David Williams; Designer Jonathon Oxlade; Sound Designer Bob Scott; Lighting Designer Chris Petridis; Outside Eye Roz Hervey; Original performer and collaborator Ashton Malcolm; Producer Suzie Franke (for Alternative Facts Pty Ltd).

What: Quiet Faith
When: 7.30pm on 26th and 27th April; 2.15pm and 7.30pm on 28th April (2.15pm performance includes post-show Q&A with writer and director David Williams)
Tickets: Adult $49, Concession: $44. Discounts available for Riverside Theatres’ Members. Transaction fees: phone $4.60, web $3.60, counter $2.60 and school bookings $3.30.
Where: Riverside Theatres - corner of Church and Market Sts, Parramatta
Bookings: https://riversideparramatta.com.au/ show/quiet-faith/ or from the Box Office (02) 8839 3399

Quiet Faith was co-commissioned by Vitalstatistix and HotHouse Theatre and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.



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