Drama at the Deanery
Febronia & Mary written by Richard Stainer
Friday 5 May 2017
7 pm for 7.30 pm start
The Deanery, The Great Churchyard
Join us for an evening of Drama to deliver two monologue performances in the home of The Very Revd Dr Frances Ward, The Dean of St Edmundsbury.
Febronia performed by Sian Notley: Febronia, St Peter's wife, whiles away the sea journey to Rome by telling her fellow passengers about what it is like to be married to a follower of Christ.
We know that St Peter had a wife as his mother-in-law is mentioned when she is cured by Jesus (Matthew 8:14), however we know nothing about her. In this play Febronia is St Peter's wife and as she travels with him by sea to Rome, she recounts her life with him. Exasperated and loving by turn she reveals what it is like to live with a man who is obsessed by someone else i.e. Jesus Christ. She tries to make sense of her relationship with Peter and with Jesus. Ultimately this is a play about love and about how the early church wrote women out of its history.
Mary is a new monologue written to complement 'Febronia'. Mary is performed by Sue Harrington Spier. Mary Magdalene appears before the Court of History to defend her reputation. She has, she claims, been much maligned and points out that she was every bit as important as the apostles, if not more so. She protests that men have rewritten her life to suit their own ends. Mary makes a strong claim for the important roles women played in Christ's ministry.
Both plays are written by Richard Stainer and are humorous and moving in places.
Richard Stainer is a member of the Theatre Royal Writers which supports aspiring theatre and screen writers and helps develop their talents through mutual support and training.
The price of the evening £10 a head including glass of wine and some nibbles.
Booking is essential and to book please call into the Cathedral Office or tel: 01284 748720.