Jesus is a woman trying to unite a fractured community in new grittier Godspell

Godspell Camden Fringe_12.jpgJesus is a woman in a new grittier adaptation of the 1970s classic musical Godspell, 20-24 August, Upstairs at the Gatehouse, as part of Camden Fringe 2016.

Jesus is played by Anya Williams – pictured above with Grant Urquhart (Judas) – in this new version of Godspell by Stephen Schwartz.

She said: “Godspell‘s Jesus is playful and passionate and an amazingly intense part to play. To attempt to embody someone who has such an incredible story and who went through so much, whether you believe he was the son of God or not, is a huge task. I am so excited to play the role of Jesus for J R Theatre.”

Director Alana Ramsey, who has appeared in Doctors (BBC), Silk and Doc Martin (ITV), said: “It was a 1970s musical so it needed revamping and we are taking a different angle on it.

“The original text is about a fractured community, which is quite relevant right now, and a group of people who are searching for something. Some people turn to religion and we look at what they get from that.

“There was a lot of clowning and comedy in the original and we are going to make it more gritty and a bit more relevant to today.

“We have a cast of 10 and it has all the same songs but some are darker. It is interesting to have a female leader and she picks up the Bible but, on any other day, she could have picked up something else. It could have been any other religious text. She wants to share the message and get a community together.”

Anya’s theatre credits include: The Happy Funeral, A Little Light Music, Comedy of Errors, Down The Tracks, A Pinch of Salt, The Curse of the Scarlet Sorcerer, No Filter and Funny Girl. Grant, who is in his final year at Italia Conti’s Academy of Theatre Arts, has appeared in Pippin, Hamilton and Bare.

Pictured below are Jean-Toussaint Tore (Jeffery), Veronique Piercy (Sonia) and Alana Ramsey. Photograph by Shay Rowan.

Jess Ramsey is producer and plays Gilmer; Tim Stuart is the musical director and plays Lamar; Aimee-Marie Bow is the choreographer; Fraser Stainton is assistant producer and Alexander Cobb is associate director.

Also appearing are Georgia Benson (Peggy), Reanne Nash (Joanne), Lucy Williams (Robin) and Alex Mcateer (Herb).

Tickets and more details are available from www.camdenfringe.com

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