By Anders Lustgarten
Naples, 1606. within an unfinished church, a portray is rising from the darkness. The Seven Acts of Mercy is Caravaggio's masterpiece - and his first portray given that he killed a guy and fled Rome. because the artist works, he's fueled via anger, self-loathing and his riding have to create a piece that speaks of compassion in a violent international.
Bootle, the current day. A retired dock employee teaches his grandson, as round them a neighborhood is disintegrating lower than the strain of years of financial and political degradation. With all he has left, a booklet of significant artworks, he attempts to open the boy's eyes to the tragedy and sweetness of the lifestyles he faces. And the boy reciprocates within the purely approach he knows.
Playing out throughout a niche of four hundred years, Anders Lustgarten's visceral play confronts the harmful necessity of compassion, in an international the place it's briefly provide. The Seven Acts of Mercy received its global most excellent on the Swan Theatre, RSC, on 24 November 2016.
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