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Soldier to Saint by RISE

Rise Theatre presents 'Soldier To Saint' ....    

Soldier to 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.

'Soldier 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 ?
RISE Theatre CIC is a dynamic community interest company creating original drama across the UK.
From inspiring performances to innovative workshops, we have a current that keeps us fresh, creative, forward thinking and on our toes!
We're passionate about inspiring people of all ages and abilities to discover their full potential

The two 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 apartment.

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.

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