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The Seven Acts of Mercy archiveNaples, 1606. Inside an unfinished church, a painting is emerging from the darkness. The Seven Acts of Mercy is Caravaggio's masterpiece - and his first painting since he killed a man and fled Rome. As the artist works, he is fuelled by anger, self-loathing and his driving need to create a work that speaks of compassion in a violent world. Bootle, the present day. A retired dock worker teaches his grandson, as around them a community is disintegrating under the pressure of years of economic and political degradation. With all he has left, a book of great works of art, he tries to open the boy's eyes to the tragedy and beauty of the life he faces. And the boy reciprocates in the only way he knows. Playing out across a gap of 400 years, Anders Lustgarten's visceral new play confronts the dangerous necessity of compassion, in a world where it is in short supply.
Performers Joe Allen (Jimmy), Sally Bankes (Sandra), James Corrigan (Vincenzo).
Author Anders Lustgarten. Company Royal Shakespeare Company. Director Erica Whyman. Design Tom Piper. Lighting Charles Balfour. Music Isobel Waller-Bridge.

The Seven Acts of Mercy

The Seven Acts of Mercy (Play) production archive for QTIX code T147453335. Details of all The Seven Acts of Mercy archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S1180725166

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24 Nov 16
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10 Feb 17
Swan Theatre
Stratford-Upon-Avon
Warwickshire

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