Patmos play based on Revelations
Dave Sewel: July 2011
Patmos play based on Revelations.
Holidaymakers on the Dodecanese island of Patmos can drop in on a theatrical performance based on the Book of Revelations this week. The production of 'The Book of Revelation' is billed as the first ever dramatic event based on the Biblical work and will be staged at the Cave of the Apocalypse on Patmos by the Techni Theatre Company.
A well as being a popular Greek island holiday destination, the Greek island of Patmos is also known as the 'Holy Island' where St John reputedly wrote the last book of the Bible while exiled there.
The Monastery of St John dominates Patmos on the hilltop above and the cave where the saint was thought to have lived.
The performance will feature excerpts from Revelations spoken in four languages and is accompanied by an original music score. It is set to be staged on the island of Patmos from July 26 to 30.
The production is being staged under the auspices of the Holy Monastery of Patmos and the island's regional authorities. It is directed by Germany's Barbara Hoffmann and Till Sterzenbach.
Patmos is one of the most delightful of the Greek islands, away from the main beach holiday centres. The island is small, with an attractive main port and several very fine sandy beaches.
Thanks to a deep harbour in the main port of Skala, Patmos is a popular stopover for cruise ships and visitors are taken on daily trips for the monastery and also to the cave where he is said to have lived.
John was exiled to Patmos in 95AD from Ephesus, and lived in a cave, now the Cave of the Apocalypse or the Sacred Grotto. According to tradition it was here that John dictated the Book of Revelation to his disciple Prochoros. The work is surreal in nature, difficult to understand and open to many interpretations.
The entrance to the cave is about halfway along the road from Skala up to the monastery and is surrounded by several monastic buildings. A plaque at the cave has the inscription: 'As dreadful as this place is it is nevertheless the house of God and this the Gate of Heaven'
The cave is quite large, but low. There is the triple cleft in the rock through which St John is said to have heard the voice of God and there are several niches that St John himself is said to have carved.