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Originally performed by John Dowie in a production directed by Victor Spinetti. A production directed by Tom Kinnimont, starring Tom Conti, played at the Apollo Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue 1998/9. Subsequent productions, both in English and in translation, have taken place throughout the world, notably in Johannesburg, Vancouver, Sweden, The Netherlands and Tel Aviv.

“Achieves the almost impossible feat of giving it a fresh perspective … Joseh shakes off his image of a dutiful but sexless octogenarian and we see instead a man who is warm, funny, vulnerable yet unconditionally loving … not only a joyous and poignant accessibility but a relevance many of us thought it had lost forever.”

Glasgow Herald

“John Dowie’s take on the biblical tale is a touching, affectionate and thoroughly absorbing piece of drama. Yes, there are jokes in this stunning monologue – and a couple of them are real belters – but this is not a rat-a-tat-tat gag fest, but a warm and intelligent treatment of perhaps the best-known tale. Dowie would make a fantastic preacher … the way he recounts “the greatest story ever told” genuinely humanises the story of Christ …the route he takes is never predictable, and some of the other angles are truly inspired…this truly is a divine comedy”

“John Dowie’s generous-hearted monologue takes potentially dodgy material and turns it into something humane and often remarkably touching … comes remarkably close to the heart of the mystery.”

Daily Telegraph.

“Scholarly, deeply poignant and wickedly funny – sympathetic to Christianity yet far from proselytising – intellectually rigorous yet easily accessible; simply staged but multi-layered, full of light humour and deep pain. It is, in short, a triumph.”

Edinburgh List magazine.

For permission to produce the play please contact John Dowie.

The text can be downloaded at Amazon books for Kindle here © John Dowie 2013