George Dillon
Current Shows
Dostoevsky's Heaven & Berkoff's Hell
Graft - Tales of an Actor
Stunning the Punters
The Gospel of Matthew
The Gospel of Matthew by Candlelight
The Man Who Was Hamlet
Past Shows
Against the Odds
Dostoevsky's Dream of a Ridiculous Man
Ecce Homo
Hell & Other Tales
The Remembrance of Edgar Allan Poe
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C.V. (Acting)
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Dillon & Berkoff
Berkoff on Dillon

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Ecce Homo  

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Put 30 people together
in an empty room
and what will we do?

Is it human nature to help
or to hurt a stranger?

Have you ever felt alone
in a crowd?

Are you watching or
being watched?

When Pontius Pilate presented Jesus to the crowd baying for his blood, shortly before washing his hands he proclaimed "Ecce Homo!"

"Behold the Man!"

The cynically ambiguous words have echoed through the ages, not only in Christian art, but in the titles of work by the likes of Friedrich Nietzsche and George Grosz... and implicit in their use is a deeply ambivalent view of human nature - that divinity and evil, love and cruelty are inherent in us all.

Ecce Homo

Since 1990 George Dillon has created a series of acclaimed solo productions winning awards and touring internationally.  He has also led hundreds of workshops, exploring techniques derived from his work with Steven Berkoff and ideas developed alone.

Inspired by Peter Brook's The Empty Space and very loosely based on one of Jerzy Grotowski's paratheatrical events, together with concepts and techniques developed over Dillon’s nearly twenty years of solo creativity and martial arts training, Ecce Homo is an ongoing workshop programme and experimental public presentation exploring how humans behave when alone and in response to other humans.

Ecce Homo uses a very simple exercise to explore how we inter-act with each other, sometimes making contact but ever alone. The work is physical, but does not require any level of physical training or ability - the vocabulary being explored is that of ordinary everyday human expression.


The main challenge faced by those who engage with it is to embrace a non-conceptual way of creating and seeing theatre - to act and respond instantly, bypassing the acquired filter of rational thinking. The work culminates in a theatrical presentation, but it is not about creating a performance - a core aim is to blur the distinction between audience and performer.

Accidental creativity...
the ‘made up’ mind...
the individual and the group...
watchers and the watched...
inside the outsider...
the story you don't want to tell...
and yet you do...

A culmination of several years of working alone, and marking a breakthrough for George Dillon into a new way of sharing solo discoveries and working in collaboration with other artists, Ecce Homo was first realised in early 2007 as a 2 day public workshop and later, (with generous support and encouragement from The Nightingale Theatre and funding from the Arts Council), as a 2 week intensive training regime with 4 actors and a musician.

During the project elements of solo performance, spontaneous story-telling and physical improvisation were combined into an original creative methodology which resulted in 3 work-in-progress presentations, created on the night, out of nothing, by the company together with the audience.

Of vital importance to the work was the inclusion of between one and four guests participants each day, (including guest directors, performers, visual artists and musicians) and it is hoped that this openness in rehearsals can be repeated in other artistic communities.

Read feedback from participants here.

VITAL THEATRE is now looking to work in partnership with suitable venues to further develop Ecce Homo in 2008/9 and beyond.

In the future Ecce Homo could take three forms:

1. A workshop for the general public, organisations, professional actors or students, lasting a single afternoon, a weekend or up to 5 days.

2. An intensive training regime for a company of 4 to 6 professional actors lasting between one and four weeks with up to 6 guests (actors, directors, musicians and visual artists) being invited each day, culminating in public showings of work-in-progress.

3. In the longer term (perhaps 2 to 3 years from now) it is possible that the work could lead to the creation of a 'performance', although what form this could take is impossible to determine as this is not yet being planned and is not the ultimate objective.

Develope with the Nightingale theatre Funded by the Arts Council England

George Dillon's Tour Dates

(as of Saturday, 25 March 2017)

Show              Date                     TOWN, Venue               


The Gospel of Matthew by Candlelight will be touring to churches in the South East during Lent 2017 (1st March - 14th April).
Tickets for all church performances are 10/(5 concessions) and will be available on the door or in advance online via:
Book now
(booking fees apply)
Tickets may also be bought in advance by phone:
0333 666 3366
(booking fee and 1.50 telephone service fee applies)

Tickets will also available in person from most church offices.

If you would like to see a performance in YOUR church, please contact George Dillon.
The Gospel of Matthew by Candlelight 7pm, Saturday
25th March 2017
Phoenix Centre

01420 472664
The Gospel of Matthew by Candlelight 7pm Sunday
26th March 2017
St Mark's, Kennington
The Gospel of Matthew 7.30pm, Tuesday
28th March 2017
Leatherhead Theatre

01372 365141
The Man Who Was Hamlet 7:30pm Wednesday
29th March 2017
Maddermarket Theatre

01603 620917
The Gospel of Matthew by Candlelight 7pm Thursday
30th March 2017
St Mary-at-Hill, Eastcheap


The Gospel of Matthew by Candlelight 7pm Saturday
1st April 2017
St Barnabas, Southfields
The Gospel of Matthew by Candlelight 7pm Sunday
2nd April 2017
St Silas, Pentonville
The Gospel of Matthew by Candlelight 7:30pm Saturday
8th April 2017
All Saints, Hove
The Gospel of Matthew by Candlelight 7:30pm PALM SUNDAY
9th April 2017
St Barnabas, Ealing
The Gospel of Matthew by Candlelight 7:30pm Monday
10th April 2017
St George's
The Gospel of Matthew by Candlelight 7:30pm Tuesday
11th April 2017
St Luke's (Queen's Park)
The Gospel of Matthew by Candlelight 7pm Wednesday
12th April 2017
St Peter's
The Gospel of Matthew 7.30pm, Thursday
13th April 2017
Taliesin Arts Centre

01792 602060
The Gospel of Matthew by Candlelight 7:30pm GOOD FRIDAY
14th April 2017
All Saints, Hove
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