February 1st 2020. The morning after Britain has officially left the European Union. Sela, an NHS doctor, is wandering through her local park when she corned by two men who have spent the evening celebrating their newfound independence. The growing racial tensions in the UK, since the referendum, had already triggered Sela to question her place in the country she has proudly called home since birth. This racially motivated attack pushes her over the edge until Sela returns to her hospital as part of the national effort to curb the Coronavirus. 3 months later, the UK finds itself at the very height of the Coronavirus pandemic. Hospitals are overflowing with COVID-19 patients some of whom are placed in induced comas to try and combat the virus. One of those patients is Sela’s attacker who awakens from his coma to find the doctor who saved his life standing before him…Sela.
Our biblical source material is the parable of the Good Samaritan (Lk 10:25 – 37). This is not merely a modern retelling of this iconic tale, but rather we have adapted the principles, meaning, and moral, behind the story and transposed them into the current cultural and socio-political landscape we find ourselves in. The original source plays upon the historical fraction between Jews and Samaritans, we have repurposed that relationship as the racial divide in Britain. A divide that has been undeniably been exacerbated and reignited as a result of the Brexit debate. Our adaptation is driven by the parable’s message that we believe to be most powerful and relevant today. One’s saviour may in fact be the person that history has falsely projected as your supposed ‘enemy’ or other. Our project also endeavours to be faithful to the parable in defying stereotypes. The story is not designed to reinforce projections, but rather probe and require viewers to question their potentially regressive assumptions. We will provoke these preconceptions by having ‘passers-by’ who one assumes would help Sela – be it a police officer or a middle class family. We want to challenge our viewers to confront their own preconceptions.