Believe Traitor, adulteress, widow and martyr: a contemporary re-imagining of the stories of four female characters from the Old Testament. Re-cast in a psychologically truthful light, their tales are shocking even by today’s sensationalist standards. From seduction, torture and decapitation to infanticide and rape, these are women surviving in violent times. Believe explores what ‘God’ and faith means to the prostitute Rahab, the army wife Bathsheba, the seductress Judith and the martyr Hannah. A play for one actress.
The Man Jesus This extraordinary play looks at key moments in the life of Jesus through the eyes of the men and women around him. A startling and moving account of New Testament stories including the beheading of John the Baptist, the Sermon on the Mount and his final journey to Jerusalem. Hurt’s powerful portrayal of the tyrants, traitors and madmen in Jesus’ life asks people of all faiths and none: what sort of man was able to inspire the history of the world? A play for one actor.
Matthew Hurt’s writing has been produced across the UK and Europe, as well as in America, Australia and South Africa. His most recent play, The Man Jesus, opened at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, and was nominated for an Irish Times Best New Play award. It has since toured the UK and been translated into Afrikaans (Klein Karoo Nationale Kunstefees, South Africa), Italian (Rome and then on tour) and Xhosa (tour of the Eastern Cape townships, South Africa).