Quiet Faith – Brave New Work

Beautiful, immersive, full of musicality and heart, Quiet Faith is an antidote to despair about religion and politics

By David Williams

A co-commission from Vitalstatistix and HotHouse Theatre

From award-winning documentary theatre maker David Williams (The Table of Knowledge), comes a surprising journey into the world of the quietly, progressively faithful.

The place of Christian faith in Australian politics is often linked to conservatism and intolerance. Many members of the current Federal Government profess deep Christian beliefs and groups such as the Australian Christian Lobby loudly intervene in public policy debates.

Yet, new faith-based social movements such as Love Makes A Way, actively campaign against government policies. The spectacle of religious leaders undertaking non-violent acts of civil disobedience, including prayer vigils in the offices of Christian politicians, has captured the imaginations of many.

Quiet Faith has been generated from hours of interviews with Christian Australians, including some from the Albury Wodonga community. Beautiful, immersive, full of musicality and heart, Quiet Faith is an antidote to despair about religion and politics, offering a portrait of the very different ways that faith can underpin civic life.

“Quiet Faith is hallowed ground, a little bit like going to church, and a powerful voice for the faithful who actually practice what they preach.  Whether you are a full-blown atheist, one of the flock, or a complete hypocrite, you will not leave the same as you entered.” David Grybowski, The Barefoot Review

“Audiences will have complex existing relationships with the material explored, relationships that may drastically alter the messages they take away. There will be those who intimately connect with the interviewees and their perspectives; those who left religion long ago; those who follow another faith; those who have never been religious. […] Quiet Faith gently asks its audience – religious or not – to take a new look at the face of Christianity today. Whose voices aren’t we hearing? And what do we miss because of this?”Jane Howard, The Guardian

“Of perhaps a hundred shows across the country watched by this critic this year, a standout would have to be David Williams’s Quiet Faith, staged at the old Vitalstatistix hall in Port Adelaide.” Van Badham, The Guardian

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Writer, Director and Performer David Williams

Performer and Collaborator Ashton Malcolm

Designer Jonathon Oxlade

Sound Designer Bob Scott

Lighting Designer Chris Petridis

Outside Eye Roz Hervey

Writer, Director and Performer David Williams

Performer and Collaborator Ashton Malcolm

  • Friday, Oct 23 2015 11:00am
  • Friday, Oct 23 2015 8:00pm
  • Saturday, Oct 24 2015 2:00pm
  • Saturday, Oct 24 2015 8:00pm

By David Williams

A co-commission from Vitalstatistix and HotHouse Theatre

From award-winning documentary theatre maker David Williams (The Table of Knowledge), comes a surprising journey into the world of the quietly, progressively faithful.

The place of Christian faith in Australian politics is often linked to conservatism and intolerance. Many members of the current Federal Government profess deep Christian beliefs and groups such as the Australian Christian Lobby loudly intervene in public policy debates.

Yet, new faith-based social movements such as Love Makes A Way, actively campaign against government policies. The spectacle of religious leaders undertaking non-violent acts of civil disobedience, including prayer vigils in the offices of Christian politicians, has captured the imaginations of many.

Quiet Faith has been generated from hours of interviews with Christian Australians, including some from the Albury Wodonga community. Beautiful, immersive, full of musicality and heart, Quiet Faith is an antidote to despair about religion and politics, offering a portrait of the very different ways that faith can underpin civic life.

“Quiet Faith is hallowed ground, a little bit like going to church, and a powerful voice for the faithful who actually practice what they preach.  Whether you are a full-blown atheist, one of the flock, or a complete hypocrite, you will not leave the same as you entered.” David Grybowski, The Barefoot Review

“Audiences will have complex existing relationships with the material explored, relationships that may drastically alter the messages they take away. There will be those who intimately connect with the interviewees and their perspectives; those who left religion long ago; those who follow another faith; those who have never been religious. […] Quiet Faith gently asks its audience – religious or not – to take a new look at the face of Christianity today. Whose voices aren’t we hearing? And what do we miss because of this?”Jane Howard, The Guardian

“Of perhaps a hundred shows across the country watched by this critic this year, a standout would have to be David Williams’s Quiet Faith, staged at the old Vitalstatistix hall in Port Adelaide.” Van Badham, The Guardian

Single tickets: $35 Adult / $30 Concession / $15 Student (with student card)

Buy tickets »

Subscription: $84 Adult / $72 Concession / $29 Student (save 20%)

Subscribe now »

Writer, Director and Performer David Williams

Performer and Collaborator Ashton Malcolm

Designer Jonathon Oxlade

Sound Designer Bob Scott

Lighting Designer Chris Petridis

Outside Eye Roz Hervey

Writer, Director and Performer David Williams

Performer and Collaborator Ashton Malcolm

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