'The Judas Tree' -
'... a notable performance ...'
I remember this powerful work from its performances in 1965, when I was a colleague of Peter Dickinson; it has since lost none of its ability to grip. Perhaps the twelfth disciple did indeed hang himself from a Judas tree, that strange phenomenon which puts forth its purple flowers before producing any leaves. For most of the work Judas is masked, supine on a bier before the altar, and silent while main characters in the crucifixion drama play out their parts, and a Nazi commandant fulminates against non-Aryan subversives including the Jew, Jesus.
This performance of March 1967 comes from Washington National Cathedral, which does its best to imitate the seats of our own archbishops...
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