A full-sized wooden cross was among the objects loaded into the back of a transit van as AGAP took to the road with this year’s Lentfest play and the tour hasn’t ended yet as the Edinburgh Fringe beckons.
Audiences flocked to parishes in great numbers to supportwhat has become something of an institution in the Scottish Catholic Church. Within a couple of hours, a church hall is transformed into a theatre space with lights and sound to transport the audience into another place and time. Over the past 12 years AGAP has revived the excitement of the Church’s tradition of ministry through drama and this year’s play saw a large ensemble cast and crew of 25 people bring to life Christ’s Passion.
“A Sign of Contradiction: The Passion Story” was the second instalment in AGAP’s dramatization of the life of Christ, which began with “The Christmas Story” in 2018. “It was important that we staged a play that stayed faithful to the Gospel but spoke to our own time,” said writer-director Stephen Callaghan. The play was enacted in present-day costume but the dialogue wove scripture and historical information into a fast-flowing narrative that told the events of the first Holy Week from a different angle. Perhaps the most unusual feature was the absence of an actor portraying Christ onstage. Callaghan said, “This was a deliberate decision to allow viewers to imagine Our Lord for themselves. Audience feedback to the production has been amazing and the cast and crew are very keen to take the play further.”
Touring Performances are as follows:
Saturday 13th July at 7.30pm: St Mary’s Church Hall, High Street, Lochee, Dundee DD2 3AP. Click here to book online or call 0141 552 5527
Friday 19th July at 7.30pm: St John’s Church Hall, Aurs Road, Barrhead, East Renfrewshire G78 2RW. Click here to book online or call 0141 552 5527
Saturday 20th July at 7.30pm: St Bride’s Church Hall, Whitemoss Ave, East Kilbride G74 1NN. Click here to book online or call 0141 552 5527
EDINBURGH FRINGE PERFORMANCES
Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th August at 1.30pm: St Patrick’s Church, High Street, Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1TQ (Fringe Venue 408) Click here for booking info.