Angels and the Apocalypse is an original work devised by St John’s students and directed by the school’s Head of Drama, Cheri Whitehouse. Reports from the rehearsals say this is a very powerful piece of theatre.
In Samuel Beckett’s famous play, Waiting for Godot, the central character never arrives. In Angels and the Apocalypse the end of the world as we know it does arrive – and the moral dilemmas the survivors face bring the audience close to some central dramas and quandaries of life.
At the end of last year the newspapers were full of forecasts that the world was indeed about to end. According to the Mayan calendar, on December 21, 2012 the thirteenth b’ak’tun came to an end.
Many people had read these runes wrongly. This was not the end of the world but rather the end of an era – also known as the end of the fourth world. This play sees mankind entering the fifth world – a world where there is no oil, food production grinds almost to a standstill and people turn to violence as a way of maintaining life.
Against this post-apocalyptic background, three siblings struggle to find a way to survive and one of them must decide whether she will take the violent route to survival, or be true to what she knows and believes to be a moral way of living.
A challenging drama to stage – and one that poses important challenges.
Performances on Thursday, February 21 and Friday, February 22 – curtain up at 7.00pm.
Tickets £5 and concessions £3. Tickets available on the door or call 01672 519537