5 questions with: James Tregonning

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James Tregonning is the author and director of Christian, a mature-audience play questioning the shape of contemporary Christianity.   It is being staged twice a day, Tuesday to Thursday, this week, as part of the Dunedin Fringe Festival.

What was the best birthday present you ever received, and why?

I read pretty obscure stuff. So, this past birthday, I decided to go on the offensive with presents. I gave book lists to my parents and fiancée so they'd know what to get me, and now I have an excellent stack of books by my bed.

What is your message?

There's often a really singular view of Christians as narrow, awful, backwards people; and to be fair, some of us are. But as an artist, I'm interested in the diversity of Christian cultures, from lesser-heard liberal voices through high and low churches to the most gnarled, twisted, old conservatives.

There are more types of Christianity than you've ever imagined and they're weird and wonderful and ... mostly weird, actually.

If you were going to an island and could take only three things, what would they be and why?

I think I'm legally obliged to pick my Bible, but I'll risk the lawsuit. Our dog, because she's 14 and loves the beach; my fiancée, who wouldn't stand for me leaving with the dog; and my computer, so I can finish my thesis.

What's something only your family knows about you?

When I was a child, a full-length floor-to-ceiling mirror nearly removed one of my toes. I've still got the scar.

You are a new addition to the crayon box. What colour are you, and why?

I'm the brown crayon, because if you don't have a brown crayon you can't draw a cross for Jesus to hang on. It just looks like he's floating in the air, and that's silly.

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