Marge & Jules
"Sin spins a false story. Love is the true story."
In a world where sin and punishment govern their lives, two remarkable women discover different ways of living their faith. Interpreting the Bible is a dangerous thing to do — especially for a woman — but Margery and Julian find silence harder still. Filled with her conviction that God is love, not a voice of punishment, Julian shows Margery how to lift the weight of guilt from off her shoulders. In return, Margery reminds Julian what it is to have an earthly existence.
The first autobiography in the English language was written by mother of fourteen, Margery Kempe, who couldn’t read. Dame Julian, the renowned anchoress of Norwich, penned writings on mysticism and mercy that have dazzled spiritualists for centuries. Marge & Jules resurrects the historic moment where — as writings record — Margery met Julian. As spiritual enlightenment meets the darker stories of life in the Middle Ages, these women confess all; talking faith, life, after-life, semantics, erotics and the mysteries of the Man they love.
cast & crew:
Sarah Anson: JULIAN OF NORWICH
Máirín O'Hagan: MARGERY KEMPE
Andrew Brock: DIRECTOR
Margery Kempe Conference
University College Chapel, Oxford
St John the Baptist City Parish Church, Cardiff
Birkbeck, School of Arts, London
Post-show Q&A with Prof. Anthony Bale
Queen Mary University of London
King's College Chapel, London
Post-show panel with Dr. Sarah Salih & Dr. Sarah Law
Unitarian Meeting House, Bury St Edmunds
University of Geneva, Switzerland
Post-show Q&A with Prof. Elisabeth Dutton
Café du Soleil, Canterbury
In association with METh & Early English
Drama and Performance Network
VAULT Festival, The Vaults, Waterloo,
The Dream Factory, Playbox Theatre,