Beyond the Chariots
The four time Academy Award winning film Chariots Of Fire tells how Eric Liddell refused to run the 100 meters in the 1924 Paris Olympics because a qualifying heat was held on a Sunday. Instead he ran the 400, a race in which he wasn't expected to place. He finished it five meters ahead of the favorite, winning the gold and breaking the world record. Rich Swingle's new one-man play, Beyond the Chariots, picks up where the film left off, showing Eric in his greatest race, as a missionary to war-torn China.
Translation slides available in Traditional and Simplified Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Tamil and Hungarian. Planned translations: French and Portuguese. If your group needs a translation we don't have yet we can set up a common document so you can have a number of people working on it simultaneously, which can allow for a very speedy process.
...a fine story, lovingly and energetically told. —The Scotsman
...the acting capabilities on show in this one-man show...were...astounding... —ThreeWeeks
I have just returned from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, having seen Beyond the Chariots. I thought it was BRILLIANT and marvelously performed. I would like to know if there are any plans to perform it in London? —Susan Beck
Get everyone to see this that you can! —Bobby Grayson
Emmy Award-winning makeup artist for Saturday Night Live
I was impressed with Rich’s work as an actor and producer for Beyond the Chariots. Every moment was skillful. —Max McLean
Great performance--authentic, moving, thought provoking! —Dr. James Hudson Taylor III
Great-grandson of Hudson Taylor, who founded the China Inland Mission, now Overseas Mission Fellowship International
When he was a boy, Dr. Taylor was in the concentration camp with Eric Liddell.
(Rich has) exuberance and high energy in the portrayal of several well-defined characters of the piece. This guy is REALLY talented! —Felicia Lopes
General Manager, Drama Desk Awards
President, 5 Stone Productions, LLC
If you need an event that will inspire believers in Christ, draw seekers to Christ, entertain all and amaze everyone, this is it! —Susan Somerville Brown
Closing company of CATS on Broadway
This is going to blow you away! I've seen Chariots of Fire about 20 times, but I think this is more interesting.
Trail Christian Fellowship
Shady Cove, OR
I cannot possibly express how much last night's event moved me, apart from your amazing talent and marvelous dramatic presentation. Having never known my father, I have relied on his presence which I have felt very strongly and have looked for authentic experiences that confirm my impressions of him as a man. "Beyond the Chariots" made you feel the intensity and the "blood, sweat and tears" of my Father's life. It was wonderful. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
—Maureen (Liddell) Moore