That Catholic Thing
  • London Fringe

Its not easy being a catholic; living in Ireland its difficult to escape a Catholic upbringing. There are so many rules and rituals that are impossible to make sense of, unless you have faith. But what will happen when a devout woman and her sceptical brother experience a change of heart? In this new dark comedy, Sky Blue Theatre explores the origins of a conventional religion and what happens when a new religion is founded.

Life has not been kind to Maurice and Louise and they begin to question the practices of the religion they have been indoctrinated into. It is obvious, to Maurice at least, that a new religion is called for. Perhaps one that will allow him to perform miracles and heal the sick. He sets about creating one - With thousands of religions existing in the world, whos to say this new religion isnt the true one?

Religion is a hot topic with its global and very grave repercussions. Christian churches today are finding their numbers dwindling as more people question the origins and the stories of the faith they have been taught and are expected to believe without question. Many Christians believe their bible stories implicitly and follow their religion without question. This play attempts to show how a new religion may be founded and compares its rituals to those of the established church.

Sky Blue Theatre are champions of new writing, producing ten new plays each year, from playwrights across the globe for the British Theatre Challenge, since its inception in 2012. That Catholic Thing written by Anne Bartram, a director of Sky Blue Theatre, is a bold, comedic exploration of ceremonies, rites and religious beliefs and the lengths to which it can take apparently normal people.

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