Any conclusions reached on one day are often overturned on the next. So I read the play and, yesterday, was able to see an archive film of a performance from Mark Rylance came to see those in the queue and was charming. What I saw yesterday made it clear why people put their critical faculties on hold.
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This article will be permanently flagged as inappropriate and made unaccessible to everyone. Are you certain this article is inappropriate? Email Address:. Jerusalem is a play by Jez Butterworth that opened at the downstairs theatre of the Royal Court Theatre in London in After receiving rave reviews its run was extended. In January it transferred to the Apollo Theatre. On St. George's Day , the morning of the local county fair deriving its sense of place and community from the annual carnival week at Pewsey, Wiltshire [ 1 ] [ 2 ] Johnny "Rooster" Byron, local waster and modern day Pied Piper, is a wanted man.
The council officials want to serve him an eviction notice, his son, Marky wants his dad to take him to the fair, Troy Whitworth wants to give him a serious kicking and a motley crew of mates want his ample supply of drugs and alcohol. Johnny 'Rooster' Byron — opinionated eccentric ex-daredevil and teller of fantastically improbable stories, he has a young son whom he rarely sees, and lives in a caravan in the local woods holding parties where he gets drunk and supplies drugs, some of them to under-age kids.
Ginger — pathetic underdog of the group, he is older than the others who hang around with Johnny, never having grown out of the lifestyle. He aspires to be a DJ, but is in fact an unemployed plasterer. Davey — young teenage abbatoir worker who is best friends with Lee, and visits Rooster regularly for free drugs and alcohol.
He can't stand the idea of leaving Wiltshire. Troy Whitworth — local thug, the same age as Ginger; his stepdaughter, who it is strongly implied he sexually abuses, goes missing in the play; he badly beats Johnny up at the end of the play. Lee — young teenager, he enters the play having been hidden in the sofa asleep after about 15 minutes; he plans to emigrate to Australia the next day, despite having little money to take with him.
Phaedra — Troy's stepdaughter, she is seen at the beginning of both Act One and Two singing the hymn Jerusalem dressed in fairy wings, and her disappearance is referred to; it is only at the end of Act Two that it is revealed that she is actually hiding in Johnny's caravan. Pea and Tanya — two local girls who emerge from underneath Johnny's caravan, having fallen asleep drunk there.
Dawn — Johnny's ex-girlfriend and mother to his child, though she disapproves of his lifestyle; having spent some time with him she relapses and kisses him, but there is no reconciliation. Wesley — the local pub landlord, he is involved in the festivities for St George's Day and has been roped in to doing the Morris Dancing. The premiere of the play was at the Royal Court Theatre in London. The staging involved live chickens, a live tortoise and goldfish and several real trees surrounding an onstage caravan.
It received very positive reviews all round; [ 5 ]. Jerusalem is a bold, ebullient and often hilarious State-of-England or almost State-of-Olde-England play Imagine King Arthur reincarnated as a troll and you have something of the quality he brings to the debased pastoral he grittily, comically and finally mournfully inhabits — The Times.
Jez Butterworth's astonishing new play — an invigorating, yelping, defiant portrait of 21st century shires England — The Daily Mail. Following a successful run at London's seat Royal Court theatre, Jerusalem transferred to London's West End at the seat Apollo Theatre for a limited week season from 28 January , closing on 24 April This resulted in its first negative review. Tim Walker in the Sunday Telegraph wrote of the character of Rooster: "With his chest out and his head back, lined up in a vertical line with his bottom, the actor does indeed resemble a rooster.
The problem with the term 'local personality', however, is that it is all too often a polite euphemism for a crushing bore, and three hours in Rooster's company does prove to be something of an endurance test. It was scheduled to play a limited season until 24 July , and then got a four-week extension to 21 August [ 7 ].
Mark Rylance reprises the role of Rooster, with Mackenzie Crook and most of the original Royal Court cast also transferring. My Dashboard Get Published. Sign in with your eLibrary Card close. Flag as Inappropriate. Email this Article. Jerusalem play. Jerusalem px Poster for Jerusalem.
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By Jez Butterworth. A comic, contemporary vision of life in England's green and pleasant land. The council officials want to serve him an eviction notice, his son wants to be taken to the fair, a vengeful father wants to give him a serious kicking, and a motley crew of mates wants his ample supply of drugs and alcohol. It transferred to the West End in Jerusalem was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre Downstairs, London, on 15 July previews from 10 July , with the following cast:. A curtain with the faded Cross of St George.