Friday 25th April, 7:30pm and Saturday 26th April, 7:30pm

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"The Mute Messiah" is a hybrid theatrical exploration that centers on the struggles of a young person on benefits in the UK.

The narrative unfolds as the protagonist navigates the complexities of the benefit system, becomes a symbol of resilience in the face of societal challenges. The characters we follow include the mute messiah, their sister, and outside figures such as social workers and government officials.

The play intricately weaves together themes of class struggle, modern-day miracles, the power of believe and faith, challenges faced by those reliant on social support, and the performative cruelty of the current system and its proponents. The intersection of art and activism is a core element of the piece, with the play aiming to shed light on the daily struggles faced by benefit-class and working class individuals, prompting reflection and dialogue on the broader societal issues of empathy and understanding.

"The Mute Messiah" seeks to provoke thought, inspire empathy, and contribute to conversations about the experiences of overlooked, marginalized individuals in contemporary society.

About this performance

Age guidance: There is no age guidance for this performance

Content warning: There are no content warnings for this performance

Interval: This performance does not have an interval. 

Post show discussion: The artist will confirm nearer the time if this performance will have a post show discussion.


There will be captions for this performance

See our Accessibility Guide for information about access in our venue. 

Find out more about Paul Koloman Kaiba

Paul is a theatre and film director, writer, dramaturg, and scenographer who trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and Aberystwyth University. His past work includes the National Theatre Wales' productions A Proper Ordinary Miracle, and the transdisciplinary performance project GALWAD. He is a former Artist-in-Residence at Theatr Clwyd, and received the Riverfront Theatre’s Creative Commission for his devised piece LOWLAND. His practice revolves around fostering exchange with individuals from diverse lived realities to facilitate access and participation in both creative and democratic spheres, creating a politicized theatre that opens discourse on a spectrum from global to hyperlocal issues. He is the current Co-Artistic Director of the East London Theatre Collective, and his upcoming projects include The Mute Messiah at Theatre Deli, and the short film Glory Days.

Twitter: @paul_kaiba 


This performance is part of the SHIFT+SPACE programme 

Theatre Deli’s SHIFT+SPACE programme is a free performance opportunity for artists to present their work that needs an audience to develop, where artists keep 100% of the Box Office! 

Find out more about the SHIFT+SPACE programme here.