Celebrate mythology and broken Britain this St George's Day!

Bristol theatre group the Kelvin Players are presenting a premiere of the West-Country based play Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth this April.

A production that has an unrivalled reputation in contemporary play writing since it first  burst onto the theatrical scene in 2009 at London’s Royal Court, this is the first time the play has been performed in Bristol.

Set in a Wiltshire forest on the edge of Flintock, on the day of the town’s annual country fair, Jerusalem is a play that magically straddles mythological England and  broken Britain.

Motifs of the Green Man and ancient English folklore are offset against the drug-fuelled and subversive antics of the Falstaffian protagonist and Lord of Misrule Johnny ‘Rooster’ Byron, who is battling against eviction by Kennet and Avon council, and the sprawling of a new housing estate onto the English countryside that he has inhabited for twenty-seven rent-free years with bachanallian relish.

Jerusalem strikes a very modern chord with its lament for an idealised, free and easy rural England, infused with legends of gods and giants, that has succumbed to invasive bureaucracy.

As director, Mary McCallum says:

‘I was blown away by this remarkable and very funny play when I saw the original production starring Mark Rylance as Rooster. There are few non-professional companies who could do it justice but I believe that Kelvin has risen to the challenge. If you missed the original, now is your chance to see one of the most important plays of the 21st century’

And what could be more pleasingly symmetrical than a quintessentially English play set on St George’s Day and opening on 23rd April itself?

Jerusalem runs at the Kelvin Studios, Gloucester Road, from Tuesday 23 to Saturday 27 April 2013 at 7.30pm. Tickets are £8 on the Tuesday night and £10 on Wednesday through to Saturday.

To book online visit: www.kelvinplayers.co.uk

Alternatively you can call the Kelvin booking line on 0117 959 3636.

Please note this production contains swearing and some scenes of drug-taking

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