Saint tells the story of Saint Alban, Britain’s first Christian martyr,
from a modern-day perspective, set in the year 2020. What better way to
start the tour than to bring the play to St Albans itself so that our local
community can experience the richness of this powerful story!
On Thursday, 27th June about two hundred people came on a
rainy evening to Ss Alban & Stephen Catholic Church to see Rise Theatre's
production 'Soldier To Saint', followed by refreshments provided by Trinity
United Reformed Church. The play is a modern take on the story of Britain's
first Christian martyr, St Alban.
To Saint', written by RISE Theatre's Charley Pinfold, sets this story in
2020 London. It is a terrifying time of upheaval, when Christians are being
persecuted and forced into hiding.
The tension and rioting of the time are very effectively created.
The play opens
with a figure wearing a coat and clutching a briefcase, frightened not knowing
where to seek refuge. He is reluctantly taken in by a soldier, John Alban,
who is haunted by his experiences in war.
Who are RISE ?
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strike an unlikely friendship, as it is revealed that the man is a fugitive
priest, Fr. Thomas Emmanuel. John is very impressed by the
strength of the faith of Fr. Emmanuel, and starts to read his Bible. During
subsequent conversations, John is convinced in the truth of the story of
Jesus, and is baptised by Fr. Emmanuel.
When the police come to check on who is living in his apartment, John first
of all tries to pass Fr. Emmanuel off as a friend staying overnight in his
When the police return, convinced that Fr. Emmanuel is being hidden in the
apartment, John persuades Fr. Emmanuel to let him take his place.
During questioning by the judge, it is discovered that he isn't the real Fr.
Emmanuel. Faced with the choice of renouncing his beliefs or certain death,
John refuses to walk away from the truth and is executed.
Whilst British society may not be as extreme as the one depicted
in this play, it is becoming increasingly secular and challenging for Christians.
This thought-provoking play challenges us to ask ourselves what we would
do in such circumstances. Would we be prepared to make sacrifices for our
family, friends and even strangers? Would we stand up for our beliefs?
RISE Theatre CIC was established in 2007, devising original,
faith-based drama for all ages.
The cast (Stephen Newbury, John Bosco and Charley Pinfold) are members of
the Rise Theatre group, based in Paignton, Devon. They have worked with dioceses
and organisations across the country at events, festivals, and churches,
including performances at Wembley Arena and for the Papal Visit at Hyde Park
in front of 70,000 people. To date, they have worked in over 50 schools nationwide.
Their current tour of 'Soldier To Saint' runs until mid-July at church and
school venues across the South of England.