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Three Cardinals in crimson robes are on a mission of evAngelism. they are on tour with a puppet show they have made that sets out their abbreviated and extrapolated reading of the bible. the reading is abbreviated as it stages only a relatively small number of scenes key to their message of redemption; it is extrapolated as its reading of the book of Acts and Revelation include elements of contemporary history. Our theatre show is slightly bigger than the Cardinal's own puppet show our real audience (as opposed to their fictional audience), can see what is happening in the wings, how they collaborate and argue, how they are both aided by and in conflict with their young female Muslim stage manager. the Cardinals is essentially a visual show performed without words. the Cardinals have no puppets to speak of so enter the puppet stage themselves. the sincerity of the Cardinals, the seriousness of their intent and their theatrical naivete makes the show simultaniously very funny and strangely touching. the show has many themes with Belief chief amongst them. the Cardinals ask us to 'believe' whilst classically the theatre asks us to 'suspend our disbelief'. the show is in essence very simple, it tells well-known Bible stories in a simple, beautiful and compelling way. We have been asked if the show is 'controversial' which is an impossible question to answer definitively because we cannot answer for other people's personal instincts. We hope the show is provocative but not controversial. We are not seeking to argue for or against religion but hoping to prompt people to consider their relationship to religious faith. - Stan's cafe
devised by Alia Alzougbi, Gerard Bell, Graeme Rose, Craig Stephens for Stan's Cafe
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