BY ST JOHN PAUL II
Before he was a pope, before he was even a priest, John Paul II (Karol Wojytla) was a playwright and actor in Poland’s Rhapsodic Theatre, a secret underground theatre movement strictly prohibited by the Nazis. With original performances under candlelight with no sets, props or even an audience, the Rhapsodic plays instead relied entirely on the truth and drama of “the word.” The Jeweler’s Shop is the most famous of these plays and is a deeply moving insight into St John Paul’s extraordinary understanding of love, relationships and marriage.
Please Note: To capture the essence of the Rhapsodic style, John Paul II also specifically indicated that The Jeweler’s Shop is to be performed in a recitative form (reading only). This method, though unusual, provides the perfect atmosphere for this profoundly beautiful meditation on human love.
“This is not a play in the normal sense – it is more of an experience, an experience of the soul.”
“THEATRE, POETRY AND MUSIC, ALL BEAUTIFULLY INTERTWINED.”
Dates & Times:
Friday 24 October 7:30pm
N.B. Family tickets include a maximum of 2 adults and all children must be under 18
TICKETS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE VIA RIVERSIDE’S BOX OFFICE. TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE AT THE DOOR OF THE KALEIDE THEATRE.
Kaleide Theatre, Melbourne (360 Swanston St, Melbourne – RMIT University)