Over the weekend Burning Issues Drama group performed their fifth major production, “The Dream”, at the National Christian Outreach Centre. “The Dream” is an historical drama, based on actual events that took place in 1st Century Judea which caused momentous political and religious upheaval. The story is told from the viewpoint of Procula, wife of Pontius Pilate. As she recounts episodes in her past, we are transported back to relive events that profoundly influenced world history.
The play’s title relates to a disturbing experience Procula had as her husband cross-examined a particular Jewish teacher. She told Pilate, “Have nothing to do with that righteous Man, for I have suffered much because of Him today in a dream.” At the climax, five people face a painful dilemma concerning this seemingly insignificant teacher from Galilee. Just who is this man Jesus and what should they do about Him?
Many months of learning lines, making costumes, and getting into character, all contributed to the play being a success. Following the performance, one audience member described it as “just awesome”. Much of the hard work was done by the set and costume designers, and their efforts did not go unnoticed: “The set and the costumes are fabulous” was one comment. Another said of the actors that they “drew the audience right into every scene”.
“The Dream” is not light-hearted by any means, with some powerfully emotive moments. Over 250 people attended the play over the two nights. A number of people were deeply affected by the play, and especially of the betrayal of Jesus, which resulted in the agonising decision by Pontius Pilate on what to do with Jesus.
After viewing the play, the audience were left in no doubt that Jesus changes everything. They had their own decision to make by the end: What do I do with this man Jesus?