The Judas Burner
The Judas Burner
by Jeff Young
Past and present collide when an old man refuses to leave his home, which is due for demolition: He looks back to his past and finds strength and meaning in a wild, strange ritual of his childhood. The burning of an effigy of Judas Iscariot was performed every Good Friday in an area of Liverpool known as The Dingle. This evocative, romantic and defiant drama is an elegy for the death of a way of life. The voices of real people who used to take part in the ritual are woven into the drama.
Jim ....... David Schofield
Noreen ..... Eileen O'Brien
Young Jim ....... Jordan Edwards
Micky Daz ...... William Gilby
Eileen ..... Lottie Holloway
Councillor Biggs ...... Conrad Nelson
Butchers ...... Carl Cockram
Dixie Boy ..... Simon Lennon
With contributions from Winifred Connolly nee Jones, Gerard Laverty and George Taylor
Directed by Pauline Harris
The houses in an area known as The Dingle in Toxteth, Liverpool are controversially due for demolition. These houses have been here for well over a hundred years and there are people who have lived their whole lives here and do not want to see their community destroyed.
The Judas Burner tells the story of Jim McGuirk, an old man who has lived his whole life in these streets and refuses to leave. As the housing officers and bulldozers move in he defies the powers that be and fights for his home and his own history. His girlfriend, Noreen, on the other hand is able to move with the times, looks ahead to a new, different future. And this drama explores their relationship,and how communities have evolved.
The interviewees include 97 year Winifred Connolly nee Jones who used to perform the ritual in 1926 as a 12 year old girl.