Riverside presents Alternative Facts
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.
“Quiet Faith gently asks its audience – religious or not – to take a new look at the face of Christianity today.” THE GUARDIAN
Dates & Times
Thursday 26 April at 7.30pm
Friday 27 April at 7.30pm
Saturday 28 April at 2.15pm – Join writer/director David Williams for a post show Q&A following the matinee
Saturday 28 April at 7.30pm
Quiet Faith was co-commissioned by Vitalstatistix and HotHouse Theatre and has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
Australian playwright David Williams’ unconventional theatre work, Quiet Faith, gets to the heart of many things – religion, belonging, community, conflicted loyalties and Christian Australia in its endless variety. Guest writer Lauren Carroll Harris discusses religion, ritual and a new theatre work with theatre maker David Williams.
Writer: David Williams
Cast includes:David Williams
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 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
“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. […] Everything from the design and lighting to the extremely up-close performance combines to give these voices an arresting power and weight. […] With a few simple, elegant choices the design team has created a space for meditation and intimate, thoughtful conversation. […] It’s like sitting inside a documentary and the effect is striking.”
Katherine Gale, ArtsHub