PILGRIMS

                     21 May – 9 June 2013, Etcetera Theatre

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OVERVIEW

 

In spring 2013 Raise Dark presented their début production at the Etcetera theatre making it's return after a sold out showcase as part of their PNPA festival of new works.

 

"Leadeth me not into temptation. I can find it on my own."

 

Huge crowds are gathering in Hyde Park where Pope Benedict XVI will deliver a sermon and the excitement is mounting. Meanwhile in a house in the Midlands, Roman Catholic Ruth is trying to get her difficult children and elderly father into the car. Her teenage daughter Beth would rather watch the Hollyoaks omnibus than see the Pope, Will’s OCD is making him anxious and their domineering grandfather is rapidly losing his patience. When Beth’s secret boyfriend Jarir turns up unannounced arguments break out and secrets are uncovered that threaten to tear the family apart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAST AND CREATIVES

 

21 May – 9 June 2013, Etcetera Theatre

 

Writer: Sarah Page

Director: Kevin Williams

Designer: Nick Spalding 

 

Producer: Chris Foxon

Assistant producer: Suvi Peisanen

Stage manager: Catherine Cooper

 

Cast

 

Ruth: Carol Starks

Beth: Stephanie Hyam

Will: Henry Gilbert

Harold: Nick Simons

Jarir: Dinarte Gouveia

 

PNPA Festival 8 January - 10 January 2013,  Etcetera Theatre

 

Writer: Sarah Page

Director: Kevin Williams

 

Producer: Laura Botten

 

Cast

 

Ruth: Liz Mance

Beth: Stephanie Hyam

Will: Henry Gilbert

Harold: Nick Simons

Jarir: Dinarte Gouveia

 

 

 

 

 

 

REVIEWS

 

★★★★​


A play about a recent event is always interesting, and tying it in with a smaller, personal story is a masterstroke.

 

A strong play that has well-rounded characters that are emotionally engaging. Time zips by!


If you watch as many plays as I do, beyond all the critique and analysis, you realise they all boil down to one thing – is the play you’re watching ‘hard work’ or is it a delight to watch? Thankfully Pilgrims falls very much into the latter category.

- Everything Theatre 

★★★★



Any mother will attest to the difficulties of raising an OCD child or a rebellious 18-year-old daughter. Gather them together for a religious pilgrimage, throw in a racist grandfather, and you have a recipe for disaster. Such a situation is tightly written and realised by a talented ensemble in Pilgrims, making it a strong new work that is well worth seeing.



- One Stop Arts