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The Gospel of Matthew  



A stunning virtuoso delivery of the greatest story ever told!

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Acclaimed by critics and audiences in theatres and churches throughout the UK, award-winning actor George Dillon presents an unforgettable vision of Jesus in his highly intense, very human and occasionally humorous solo staging of the first Gospel, in a new translation, performed with an original musical score and video background or just by candlelight.

Since it premiered at the Brighton Festival in 2002, The Gospel of Matthew has been seen over 100 times in the UK, including three runs in Edinburgh and appearances at the Greenbelt, Soul in the City and Pentecost festivals as well as performances in Canada, Poland and Bermuda.

Inspired by an encounter with Bob Geldof at Euston Station, created in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, and short-listed for The Stage's 'Best Actor' Award in Edinburgh, Dillon’s epic, impassioned portrayal of Jesus not as a meek and mild lamb to the slaughter but as a contemporary raging fighter for God has not only been moving audiences but has also won the praise of the critics:

“Mesmerising one-man show of sheer brilliance!”
The Argus

“Has a visceral, biting, colloquial power that is quite stunning.”
The Stage

“The radical message has never sounded so revolutionary, straight-forward, obvious and utterly sensible!”
The Scotsman

The Church of England News has also approved the show, declaring that “Dillon brings out levels of meaning rarely heard in pulpits” and it has been filmed for Scottish TV and featured on Songs of Praise and on the cover of Salvation Army newspaper The War Cry.

The production is available for performances by candlelight in churches. To enquire about a performance in your church contact George via the contact form on this website.


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At the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2003 the BBC's flagship religious affairs program Songs of Praise featured an extract of The Gospel of Matthew filmed during a live performance, and George was also interviewed by the show's presenter, Aled ('The Showman') Jones. The producer of that program was so impressed he persuaded Grampian TV to commission the filming of the whole show for their Sunday Service program, and the result was broadcast in 2 parts on 11th and 18th July 2004.

In 2010, The Gospel of Matthew by Candlelight was invited to be a part of the Pentecost Festival in London, and in this video George is interviewed by the festival programmer, Joy Da Costa, and performs a part of the Sermon on the Mount.


"Don't think I came to bring peace to the world..." [ Matthew 10.34 ]

Award-winning actor George Dillon presents an unforgettable vision of Jesus in his highly intense, very human and occasionally humorous performance of The Gospel of Matthew, staged either with sound and video (in theatres) or simply by candle-light (in churches).

"What Dillon has done is take the intense drama of the Gospel, maximised the emotional impact, pumped up the intensity and created a mesmerising one-man show of sheer brilliance!" The Argus

Inspired by an encounter with Bob Geldof at Euston Station and created in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, Dillon’s powerful delivery of his own translation portrays Jesus not as a gentle, meek and mild lamb to the slaughter but as a contemporary raging fighter for God - an angry Jesus - a Christ who is angry at humanity but also human in his anger.

"Most unusually for contemporary drama on this theme, Dillon's Gospel of Matthew is wholly authentic to the biblical text. Dillon brings out levels of meaning in Matthew rarely heard in pulpits. His rendering of Jesus's righteous anger is simply shattering; his Lord's Prayer has an all-to-rare note of urgency." The Church of England News / Baptist Times

The Gospel of Matthew was traditionally considered the earliest account of the life and teachings of Jesus and was originally compiled soon after the Roman destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. With religious and racial conflict still spreading from the Middle East, Matthew’s apocalyptic Gospel is as relevant, inspiring and terrifying today as when it was written.

"What overwhelms is the absolute relevance of these ancient stories to the contemporary scene. The simple clarity of the teaching of Jesus transcends specifics of time and place. The radical message of loving one’s enemies has never sounded so revolutionary, straightforward, obvious and utterly sensible." The Scotsman

Dillon’s version of The Gospel of Matthew is at times startling and challenging in its immediacy but also wholly authentic to the original scripture, and his performance of it has won praise from all sides of the faith divide. He was nominated for The Stage’s Best Actor Award for The Gospel of Matthew at the Edinburgh Festival in 2003. His performance was later filmed for Scottish TV and has won wide acclaim touring to theatres and churches throughout the UK.

"George Dillon’s epic, impassioned telling of Matthew's gospel has a visceral, biting, colloquial power that is at times quite stunning.  It is a blessed relief to have something religious on the fringe which is neither mindlessly evangelical nor trite about the subject." The Stage

Book early to be sure to experience an astonishing, virtuoso delivery of the greatest story ever told... performed to a backdrop of computerised video and an original musical score by Charlotte Glasson and Stuart Daye.

 

"A captivating storyteller, Dillon paces the floor taking the audience with him as he relives the story of the Messiah who wasn't a long-haired hippy, forgiving of all sins, but a flesh and blood man who scorned the wicked and feared the ultimate sacrifice; his death. Challenging and unrelenting, this is a production that commands your full attention." The List

"Matthew paints the picture of a very Jewish, very apocalyptic Christ... The uncompromising, fiery, ungentle Christ of the first gospel, insisting that he has come to fulfil Jewish Torah and not destroy it, is portrayed with passionate concentration.  Dillon's performance is marked by energy and intense focus presenting, rightly, an uncomfortable, severe and challenging Jesus of Nazareth." The Herald

"An impressive performance. He has found the theatricality of something that is inherently non-theatrical." British Theatre Guide

"It's hard to imagine how anyone could fail to be riveted by this virtuoso display of storytelling verve." Edinburgh Guide

"Whatever your religious beliefs, there could be no denying that this was a riveting version of one of the best-known stories in the world." The Scotsman.com

" "I doubt you'll see a show as truthful as this in many, many years." Three Weeks


If you are interested in having a performance in your church (or church hall) please contact George Dillon via this website.

George Dillon's Tour Dates

(as of Wednesday, 20 September 2017)

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