From the company that created Frankenstein, La Petite
Mort and Medea comes a new production: the greatest story never told:
the story of Mary, mother of Jesus.
But did Mary, so rarely mentioned in the Gospels, and
insignificant in her own lifetime until an angel allegedly appeared to
her in a dream, really exist? Or is she one of history’s hallucinations?
And if she did exist, is she anything like our idea of her?
Collisions’ Mary is a dreamer, a refugee, a traveller
discovering herself and the world, as well as being a teenage wife and
The telling of this tale ranges from breathless action and comedy –
breakneck escapes from Herod’s head-hunters and a headlong pursuit
of her maverick, runaway son – to timeless humanity and poignancy,
evoking an exodus through dream-filled deserts.
Mary's urgent and very human journey begins in her sleep
and is a movement through stations of silence and doubt.
Along the way she encounters a grotesque gatekeeper,
the archangel Gabriel, assassins, magicians from the East and her own
mad aunt, all the time wondering where the child that she carries really
The show imagines the experiences of Mary’s life in full and pushes
the drama to its limit, from her comic self-absorption as an awkward young
girl who spends her time talking to angels, through the pain of pregnancy
and the strangeness of giving birth to a force that she cannot control.
While placing Mary firmly within the psychic landscape of the middle-east,
by turns sensual and stark, the piece is never didactic and allows the
audience to draw its own spiritual conclusions from the story, whilst
encouraging empathy with extreme human experiences.
The landscape is brought to life through bold, stylish lighting
design married with rhythmic, evocative text, a new soundscape and
an imaginative physical expression.
In its initial tour the show has proved popular with audiences whether
christian or non-christian, they have been charmed by a dramatic tale
that has modern political relevance and an appeal both intimate and
Written By Damian Wright ( writer from the fringe first award nominated
Music and Lighting design by double award winning composer
Performed and co directed by Tanushka Marah
Co-directed by Denise Evans
Co- devised by Luan Blake and Sarah Leaver