Quiet Faith

By David Williams

“My hope is that the church expands its voice beyond moral issues, and becomes about what we’re for rather than what we’re against… And that is a project of broadening people’s theology.” Quiet Faith interviewee

From award-winning documentary theatre maker David Williams, comes a surprising journey into the world of the quietly, progressively faithful.

The place of Christian faith in Australian politics is often linked to conservatism and intolerance. Many members of the current Federal Government profess deep Christian beliefs and groups such as the Australian Christian Lobby loudly intervene in public policy debates.

Yet, new faith-based social movements such as Love Makes A Way actively campaign against government policies. The spectacle of religious leaders undertaking non-violent acts of civil disobedience, including prayer vigils in the offices of Christian politicians, has captured the imaginations of many. Other Christians work less publicly to separate church and hate in their own communities and congregations.

Quiet Faith has been generated from hours of interviews with Christian Australians, each of whom has also selected a personally significant song. Beautiful, immersive, full of musicality and heart, Quiet Faith is an antidote to despair about religion and politics, offering a portrait of the very different ways that faith can underpin civic life.

Writer, director & performer: David Williams

Original Performer & collaborator: Ashton Malcolm

Performer (2018 tour): Rose Maher

Designer: Jonathon Oxlade

Sound designer: Bob Scott

Lighting designer: Chris Petridis

Outside eye: Roz Hervey

Technical Stage Manager (2018 tour): Caitlyn Livingston and Lyndon Buckley

Stage manager and operation (Adelaide): Trevor Griffin

Stage manager and operation (Albury/Wodonga): Ian Spence

Stage manager and operation (Penrith): Suzie Franke