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  • Assembly George Square - The Blue Room
  • 12:05
  • Aug 24
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Smokescreen Productions
  • Warnings and additional info: Age Category: 12 and above (12+)(Contains Distressing Themes)
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 18 months


A political thriller with biblical bite. In a contemporary single-faith Middle Eastern state, a charismatic preacher with a radical message of peace emerges from the desert. As violence continues to tear the region apart, his followers are persecuted and imprisoned. A 21st-century Judas is interrogated but is this zealot really the betrayer or betrayed, and who is ultimately pulling the strings? From the same team that presented the sell-out Mengele at Edinburgh Fringe 2018, Judas is 'an intriguing and relevant parable for our times' (FringeGuru.com). 'Magnificent. Riveting. A powerful, moving, and vitally important piece of theatre' (BroadwayWorld.com).

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Julie Phillips 52 days ago


Caroline 66 days ago

A convincing thought provoking piece of theatre bringing the timeless tale of Judas into the 21st century.
The production supports Amnesty International in their campaign to end abuses of human rights and I would highly recommend adding it to your must see edfringe list.

Joey B 66 days ago

Serious thought provoking drama. Updates the telling of the Judas story to a modern setting, bringing up awkward questions about who is the good guy an who the bad and how far should a state go in protecting its people and interests.
Brilliantly performed and well written, I'd highly recommend it.

Fringe Supporter 69 days ago

Thought provoking,intense,with plenty of dramatic twists and turns.With excellent acting by all three actors and intelligent use of strong video excerpts to support a spartan but very effective set.

One not too miss I would say.

Gordon Barron 70 days ago

Judas draws you in from the word go. A hard-hitting and unflinchingly controversial play which handles the subject of rebellion and independence well. In the face of overwhelming odds, Judas is seen as vulnerable, idealistic and ultimately weak. This could happen anywhere, given the wrong circumstances. We’ve recommended it to all our friends as a must see.

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Broadway Baby (3/5 stars) 52 days ago

Smokescreen Productions is supporting the work of Amnesty International through its new work, Judas, at Assembly Blue Room. Despite being intimately related to such a worthy cause, it still has to be seen as a play in its own right and reflected upon as a theatrical work.As might be expected,...

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The Edinburgh Review (4/5 stars) 63 days ago

Set in an unnamed Middle Eastern state, we see Youssef (writer Tim Marriott) a university lecturer taken by Western authorities. These authorities proceed to interrogate him using threats against his wife and child to gain the information they need about a radical preacher who spreads a message of peace and threatens to bring political uprising. With violence and conflict tearing the state apart and Youssef’s family now under-threat he begins to co-operate with the authorities, yet all is not as it seems.

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Kryztoff (4.5/5 stars) 65 days ago

This production combines both fine writing and performances and should be must seeing for those interested in well developed work around the major political issues of our age.

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Culture Fix (5/5 stars) 69 days ago

Judas is an essential theatre that challenges us to question the political institutions that we are surrounded by. Unflinching in its willingness to tackle concepts which are not easily digestible, Judas is a riveting piece delivered with a stirring conviction from its bold cast.

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