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Persecuted church theatre show in Norwich 

A powerful, multi-media production telling the true story of one man’s mission to help the persecuted church and the dangerous consequences of his fearless act of compassion will be performed in Norwich on September 29.

St Thomas Church in Norwich (Earlham Road) will be hosting Artless Theatre Company’s touring play, ‘If Prison Walls Could Speak’ on Thursday 29th September at 7.30 p.m.

The cost is £5 per ticket

To book tickets click here 

Written and developed by Artless Theatre Company, in partnership with Release International, If Prison Walls Could Speak tells the true story of Petr Jasek who, in 2015, was detained whilst investigating and documenting government sanctioned persecution of Christians in Sudan. Using captivating multimedia and a stunning original soundtrack, this one-man-play immerses the audience in Petr’s journey across some of the most dangerous prisons in Sudan: from his abduction at the hands of the secret police, to his interrogations, trial and incarceration.

The plays offers a window into Petr’s relationship with God as he faces corrupt judges, cruel guards and a terrorist cellmate with disturbing motives.

Artless Theatre Company formed in 2017 with the mission to create high quality theatre and performance inspired by the life and teachings of Jesus.

Since its formation, the company has toured full length productions across the UK, in churches, schools and festivals, as well as working on interactive storytelling adventures like The Narnia Experience (2019). They had the privilege of performing for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, being featured on BBC’s Songs of Praise and in 2021 their original Easter radio play, Centurion, debuted on Premier Christian Radio.

The theatre company was moved to write If Prison Walls Could Speak after learning about the ongoing persecution of Christians in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and beyond. They wanted to help UK audiences hear the voice of the persecuted church. They originally approached Release International to discuss the possibility of creating a piece of theatre based on Richard Wurmbrand’s book Tortured For Christ (1967), however when they met together Release International introduced them to Petr Jasek’s story and his yet-to-be released book ‘Imprisoned With Isis: Faith in the Face of Evil’. After prayerful consideration they felt that God wanted them to share Petr’s story, so they began this project in partnership with Release; and it has been their most ambitious project yet.
Quote from Chris Poch and Jon Maltz (Directors of Artless Theatre Company):

‘We believe that theatre can be a powerful tool for empathy: through this immersive production we don’t want our audiences to only hear the story of the underground church but to experience with their eyes and ears.’ 

“Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.” Hebrews 13:3

Helen Baldry, 22/09/2022

Helen Baldry
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