Community In Action


I’ve just been building an on-line archive of a big community theatre venture I produced and directed a few years back.

It can be found at blockleymysteryplays.org.uk

It is undoubtedly the thing I am most proud of in my entire career – and none of us got paid. But it was a living embodiment of my political views as a community worked so hard together to make it happen. The doing of it was indeed more important than the output – although the output was pretty amazing if I say so myself.

It’s also perhaps surprising because it is a retelling of the Christian founding myths and I’m not a Christian. I did occasionally wonder what I was doing putting so much time and effort into producing such high quality Christian propaganda – which is what the Medieval Mystery Plays were – but these doubts were crushed by the power of the community spirit that overcame everyone involved.

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About I Am Not A Number

I Am Not A Number is written by Chris Jury. For 30 years Chris Jury was a TV actor, director and writer best known for playing Eric Catchpole in over 60 episodes of the BBC’s antique classic, Lovejoy, and for directing over 50 episodes of Eastenders. In 2008 he was appointed as the Senior Lecturer in Recorded Media in the School Of Music & Performing Arts at Bath Spa University. He currently presents, Agitpop, a pop & politics radio discussion programme on North Cotswold Community Radio http://www.agitpopradio.org.uk He is currently the Communications Officer for UCU at Bath Spa University and a UCU SW Regional Rep at SWTUC.
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One Response to Community In Action

  1. Mike Sibly says:

    I was privileged to see the repeat performance at Blockley in 2004, and thought that ther plays were brilliant: direction, acting and atmosphere were great. I am not religious, let alone Christian, but the values embodied in the stories were inspiring and transcend any mere religion. so thank you!

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