NNT:The Last Days of Judas Iscariot

This week The Tab were summoned for jury service for The Last Days of Judas Iscariot… and the verdict is top class!

Head down to the New Theatre this week to see historical figures sit as witnesses in the Kingdom of Purgatory’s Court appeal for the most notorious betrayer – Judas Iscariot, deceiver of Jesus.

Audience members may be forgiven for worrying that this play could be daunting, what with the biblical themes and the giant crucifix suspended across the stage for the entire performance. However, this production is punctuated with moments of comic relief throughout.

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The Tab’s verdict- ‘top class’

A special mention goes for Aimee Gaudin in her portrayal of a sassy Saint Monica. Her cheeky execution of the dialogue had the majority of the audience in fits of laughter.

Other comic crowd pleasers include Aaron Tej, playing the sleazy prosecution lawyer Yusef El-Fayoumy, and Holly Daniels’ profoundly deaf Mother Teresa.

Full of comic crowd pleasers

Full of comic crowd pleasers

At times, some of the cast’s rapid delivery and management of accents run the risk of dialogue becoming lost on audience members. Stephen Adly Guirgis’ play is long, reaching two hours and thirty minutes in total, and so, by the second half you could feel many audience members becoming restless.

However, Alex Mawby’s depiction of Judas, a character fluctuating between crippling guilt and states of extreme rage over his eternal damnation, shines through.

One of the final scenes, wherein in Judas and Jesus (Wesley Nash) confront each other, is an emotional and poignant climax to the action. This scene, with all its passionate impact, is well worth the wait.

This jury finds The Last Days of Judas Iscariot a hilarious yet thought provoking piece of theatre.

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot is on until Saturday, reserve your tickets here