The Church of Jim is an immersive piece of comedic new writing set in a absurd dystopia in which the audience are the newest members of an illicit cult. The Church confront the chaos of their political situation and ecology while desperately trying to build a sense of togetherness and unity with the congregation.
The church desperately pursues a bizarre and incomplete theology in which everything that can be attributed to ‘Jim’ holds the key to humanity’s survival. Whether it be Jim Davidson, the Journal of Internal Medicine, Jim Fitzwilliam National Park, Jim’s Service Centre, Ohio, The Church of Jim attempts to find out what unifies them all.
However, there is a sad and powerful situation at the heart of this seemingly inane – and perhaps revolutionary – theological premise.
The Church of Jim was founded in Moor Theatre Delicatessen’s repurposed warehouse and basement spaces. Since then, it has held services in warehouses, offices, hallways and living rooms. And in our hearts.
We have held Baptisms, conversions, live-readings and exorcisms (of the desecrated Santa Clause). We are available for weddings.
STATE OF THE ARTS: – “weird, wonderful and somewhat outrageous … with a genuine intention for positivity and community … from terrifying and bizarre, to beautiful and hypnotic.”
ARTSDEPOT: – “It felt a bit like an hour and half of a warm cuddle, I don’t remember the last time I laughed so hard. Lovely experience of what it feels to have and explore faith of any kind, as well as a brief insight into persecutions some face.” – Amanda Munro
ARC: – Venues North Edinburgh Guide Recommendation
THIRD ANGEL: – Edinburgh Recommendation
FLIM NITE: – Edinburgh Recommendation
NOW THEN: – A Homily on Joy
Written, devised and performed – Andy Owen Cook, Ben Jackson, Alfie Heffer
Photos – Joseph Samuel Priestly
With thanks to Sarah Sharp, Sam Holland, Heather Morgan, Sebastian Chew, Julia White, JC and many others.
“The perfect combination of humour and intelligence which has the entire audience swept along with it. Praise Jim!” – Sara Hill, Mesters Events
“Truly unique and totally absurd, stunning rhythmic writing, strong comic out-of-time-timing and wonderful other worldly visuals. The hand made set alone is a masterpiece in itself!” – Heather Morgan
“Church of Jim is bizarre and surreal dystopia. A party wrapped up in the guise of cult worship.” – Malaika Cunningham, The Bare Project
“Seriously brilliant wonderful eclectic” – Audience
“Inclusive and uplifting. It was really great to be in a room full of laughter – Audience”
Good for the soul” – Audience
“This was post apocalyptical Dada” – Audience
“There was something quite profound about developing a mythos from recycling trash culture and then building a genuine (fleeting) community around it. – Audience”
“The mighty boosh meets songs of praise – Fantastic!” – Audience
“Hilarious, absurd, charming. A really fantastic show which the whole audience enjoyed.” – Audience
“I have no idea what i just watched! Had so much fun – bizarre, left field, but very funny, very fun and totally unusual theatre” – Audience
“Hilarious, surreal, bizzare, engaging and very much needed” – Audience
“I love Jim” – Audience
“It is a remarkable thing. An event extraordinare. A theatre of the absurd. An experience of a different kind.” – Audience
“Excellent, lacking in human sacrifice.” – Audience
“it was amazing… I am in pain from laughing so much. – Audience
“Great! I didn’t stop laughing. Excellent ideas. Keep it up guys” – Audience
“It was like Vic and Bob on acid.” – Audience
“Wacky and hilarious and chillingly suited for the world we live in this year.” – Audience
“I haven’t had so much fun with a piece of theatre in ages” – @TomCable1
“Get yourselves to this show everyone! It is brilliant! The most I’ve laughed in years!!!” – @CharElizabeth92
“an absurd, hilarious church service for the end times.” – @LaurencePeacock
“Strange, wacky, absolutely fab, soooo funny! Had me crying” – Audience