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Learning to Pray opens by breaking the fourth wall of an American priest-to-be’s bedroom on the day of his ordination. The actor and writer, Jake Martin, starts to explain away his pre-ordination jitters not entirely unlike a bride freaking out before her wedding, confessing to the audience all the reasons he shouldn’t be a priest.

His slightly camp character begins to relate his history and all the important things that have happened to him that he feels affected his decision to train to be a priest, engaging the audience with the different voices and impressions of his mother, stripper sister, and spiritual guide within the Church. It is not a die-hard religious show and Jake Martin, who has adapted the story from his own experiences, isn’t a dedicated Jesuit Catholic, merely an ex-comedian unsure of what path to take who has decided to tell his story in order to decide on what his path should be.

His character, based on himself I presume, has a big weakness for reality television, and he ends up asking the audience to judge his story like a jury and decide whether or not he should become a priest - like a Pop Idol audience, but instead judging some kind of Holy Idol contest. It is an interesting hour full of eccentric characters and a charming narrator, ending with the verdict as decided by the audience- should he go through with his ordination?

Venue Number 109. Gryphon Venues at the Point Hotel, 34 Bread Street,Edinburgh, EH3 9AF. 13-20 August 22:15 (55 minutes). Suitability: 14+.

The Blurb

The hilarious true story of one man’s journey from comedian to priest, while somehow not losing his sense of humour along the way.

Call Sheet

Production Company
Jake Martin