Genesis/Golgotha (3 stars)

This article is from 2013


Two solos that recast God in a more negative light

Genesis/Golgotha is a pair of monologues that attempt to reimagine two crucial Biblical characters: Eve, the mother of us all, and Jesus, The Messiah. Eve is given a relatively traditional make-over, bemoaning her fate and alternating between anger and pity at God, but Jesus is given a completely contemporary reading. Both challenge Christian ideas of divine good and love for all, and Jesus is ultimately scathing of his own teachings.

Overall, there is little new ground covered – the problems of religion are well-documented, and Eve's complaint echoes classical complaints against the Christian message.Yet both monologues are well performed, giving the complex ideas enough human drama to make this more than a simple lecture: the conflict between the flesh and the spirit is expressed in the portrayals of the two characters.

Since Eve’s speech can be written off as self-justification - or a simple rage against God, familiar from Richard Dawkins lectures - it is in the words of Jesus that Genesis/Golgotha becomes vital. Never clear whether he is an insane tramp or the Son of God, this very American Jesus (he is in Minnesota, not Palestine) slips through time and space, impersonating his enemies and friends and tormenting himself with lust.

While the minimal staging limits its emotional impact, as either caustic view of the universe or attack on religious sensitivity, Genesis/Golgotha is a full throttle ride through the philosophical problem of a loving God and an imperfect world.

Assembly, 623 3030, until 16 Aug, 12.30pm, £12–£14 (£10–£12)


  • 3 stars

Clancy Productions and Assembly. The creative team behind Cincinnati (Fringe First winner, 2002) reunites to present the voices of Eve, the first woman and mother of us all, and Jesus of Nazareth, Son of God. Hear the two stories you thought you knew told by the two people who had to live them. Funny, angry and brutally…