The Art House presents
3 May - 5 May 2018 Showing at The Art House
From award-winning documentary theatre maker David Williams (Smurf in Wanderland, Grace Under Pressure, 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.
Generated from hours of interviews with Christian Australians, Quiet Faith offers a beautiful, immersive and heartfelt portrait of the very different ways that faith can underpin civic life.
Writer: David Williams
Cast: ____David Williams and Rose Maher
Director: 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
Quiet Faith review by Katherine Gale, ArtsHub
David Williams' latest work arose from the simple understanding that the type of Christianity we see on the news and engaged with politics - the Fred Niles of this world - might not be an accurate representation of all aspects of Australian Christianity. Quiet Faith seeks to give a voice to those other aspects and invites the audience to see and understand a much more complicated picture. It succeeds entirely.�
Quiet Faith review - Christian Australia in its infinite variety by Jane Howard, The Guardian
When we think about Christians in Australia today, asks verbatim theatre work Quiet Faith, who do we think of? Political figures, like Tony Abbott, Scott Morrison or Fred Nile? Adelaide's street preachers? The Australian Christian Lobby and its voice against abortion and gay marriage? Or the religious leaders who started Love Makes A Way? Your doctor, your school counsellor, your friend, yourself? The face of contemporary Christianity, suggests writer and director David Williams, is much more complex than the one we are routinely shown. While the press focuses on the intersection of conservative politics and religion, Quiet Faith largely amplifies the voices of the faithful who identify with the progressive left side of politics.