David Williams' Quiet Faith comes to Riverside
A surprising and deeply personal journey into the world of the quietly, progressively faithful, Quiet Faith invites audiences to experience the perspectives of everyday Christian Australians on religion, belonging, loyalties and community.
Quiet Faith unpacks the complex disconnection between the intense conservatism of political and media movements that pertain to speak on behalf of Christians, and the many faith-based progressives whose faith is a motivator for social justice, activism and progressive values. Their voices are hopeful, searching, stoic, doubtful and joyful.
Williams created the 65-minute work using hours of interviews with 20 Christian Australians. The sound design incorporates popular hymns and the audience is seated amongst the performers, creating an immersive experience that feels as conversational as it does theatrical.
Williams said he is excited to be bringing the play to Riverside Theatres for the first time. "This new season of Quiet Faith, in the heart of Parramatta, will give the show a new life and new context. It's an ethnically and culturally diverse place and a quarter of its residents are part of non-Christian faiths. Audiences will have complex and different responses to the work, depending on their own relationship with religious institutions."
Quiet Faith offers a beautiful, immersive and heartfelt portrait of the very different ways that faith can underpin civic life.
When: 7.30pm on 26th and 27th April; 2.15pm and 7.30pm on 28th April.
The 2.15pm performance includes a post-show Q&A with writer and director David Williams.
Quiet Faith was co-commissioned by Vitalstatistix and HotHouse Theatre and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.