HONEST TO GOD
by Philip Braithwaite
rehearsed play reading
directed by Conrad Newport
a Circa / Playmarket collaboration
at Circa Two, Wellington
4 Aug 2012
New Zealander the last Western heretic.
Issues of faith and its relation to personal freedom are at the forefront of world affairs today and freely spoken about in New Zealand. In the 1960s an article questioning the historical accuracy of the bible and the harm caused by religious fundamentalism, penned by academic Lloyd Geering, caused a storm of controversy and divided public opinion in this country. At the time Geering was Principal of Knox Theological College in Dunedin.
Geering was tried by the Presbyterian Church for heresy and for the first time debates about ‘Man's relationship to God' were brought sharply into the New Zealand public forum.
Philip Braithwaite's new play Honest To God paints a portrait of a man who wrestles with his conscience and his desire to tell the truth as he sees it.
The play's centre is the trial years (1965-67) but Braithwaite masterfully takes us back to Geering's early years as a student of theology and the tragic family events that shaped his views, to punctuate and give meaning to the views presented at his trial.
The play is being read at Circa Theatre on 4 August 2012 as the second in collaboration between the theatre and Playmarket.
Directed by Conrad Newport (Live At Six, Me & Robert McKee, Rita and Douglas) and with a talented cast -
Jason Whyte (Chekov in Hell, The Lead Wait);
Simon Leary (Mates and Lovers, Chekov in Hell);
Richard Dey (All My Sons);
Lauren Gibson (August: Osage County) and
Aroha White (Tu, Sunset Road).
The rehearsed reading of this new work in development is not to be missed.
Honest To God
By Philip Braithwaite
Saturday 4 August 2012, 2pm
$5 – contact Circa Box Office to book