FAITH, HOPE & CHARITY
Cycle « Vivre ensemble »
In the everyday dramas of his Inequalities Trilogy, British writer-director Alexander Zeldin puts characters from the margins of society on stage and involves the audience in their struggles – as well as their joys.
Zeldin is an Associate Director of London’s National Theatre and has had his plays performed throughout Europe. Following his June 2022 Une mort dans la famille, he returns to Luxembourg with Faith, Hope and Charity, the final play in the trilogy. Developed in collaboration with those who have lived experience of the issues explored, these works are a response to the hardships for those left unsupported by Britain’s decade of austerity. The first of the three plays, Beyond Caring (part of 2016’s TalentLAB, for which Zeldin was a mentor), covered zero-hours contracts. The second, LOVE, was set in a homeless hostel. Now Faith, Hope and Charity shows a community centre where one volunteer sets up a choir and the heroic manager tries to fend off closure.
In a run-down community hall on the edge of town, a woman has been cooking lunch for those in need. A choir is starting up, run by a volunteer who’s looking for a new beginning. A mother is seeking help in her fight to keep her young daughter from being taken into care. An older man sits silently in the corner, the first to arrive, the last to leave. Outside the rain is falling.