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Church of Jim

Our World is a lock. Jim is the door. We are the handle, and we turn ourselves.

“weird, wonderful and somewhat outrageous … with a genuine intention for positivity and community … from terrifying and bizarre, to beautiful and hypnotic.”  ★★★★★  State of the Arts

What if the only things you knew about the past came from the rare scraps you’ve discovered: a school planner, a VHS, a dolphin figurine. Church of Jim explores the mystery that unites them all. With the congretation, discover the accidentally radical premise underlying their intention and theological premise. NSA and secret police always welcome.

The Church of Jim was discovered in the disused offices of Theatre Delicatessen. Services, baptisms and exorcisms have taken place in warehouses, offices, hallways, theatres and art centres.

Written, devised and performed by
Andy Owen Cook, Ben Jackson, Alfie Heffer

Photography
Joseph Samuel Priestly, Connor Matheson,Steven Mackay, Sam Holland, Lauren Stone & Biz-Tar

Thanks
Sarah Sharp, Ali Pritchard, Sebastian Chew, Julia White, Opus Independents, Sara Hill, Heather Morgan, Charlotte Blackburn, Sam Holland, JC and many many others.

Press

“weird, wonderful and somewhat outrageous … with a genuine intention for positivity and community … from terrifying and bizarre, to beautiful and hypnotic.” ★★★★★  State of the Arts

“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, artsdepot

Venues North Edinburgh Guide Recommendation ARC
Edinburgh Recommendation, Third Angel & FLIM NITE

Audience

“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”

“Inclusive and uplifting. It was really great to be in a room full of laughter”

“Funny. Uplifting. Silly. Irreverent. Good for the soul”

“This was post apocalyptical Dada”

“There was something quite profound about developing a mythos from recycling trash culture and then building a genuine (fleeting) community around it.”

“The mighty boosh meets songs of praise – Fantastic!”

“Hilarious, absurd, charming. A really fantastic show which the whole audience enjoyed.”

“I have no idea what i just watched! Had so much fun – bizarre, left field, but very funny, very fun and totally unusual theatre”

“Hilarious, surreal, bizzare, engaging and very much needed”

“I love Jim”

“It is a remarkable thing. An event extraordinare. A theatre of the absurd. An experience of a different kind.”

“Excellent, lacking in human sacrifice.”

“it was amazing… I am in pain from laughing so much.”

“Great! I didn’t stop laughing. Excellent ideas. Keep it up guys”

“It was like Vic and Bob on acid.”

“Wacky and hilarious and chillingly suited for the world we live in this year.”

“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”