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Lichfield community drama project aims to produce new play

Drama enthusiasts in Lichfield area are being invited to join in with something completely different – a community project to produce a brand new play.

David Titley

David Titley

Writer and director David Titley has chosen St Chad as the focus for his new play, which has a working title of Footprints.

It was his work as a guide at Lichfield Cathedral which led him to pen the story about the patron saint of Lichfield. He explained:

“He is an amazing man with an inspiring story to tell. Around 1,300 years ago, just when the Saxon Hoard was buried, Britain was suffering a harrowing spiritual revolution. In a land torn by war – a land ruled by the law of an eye for an eye – Chad stood at the eye of the storm, a sign of hope and unity.

“Tragedy marked his early life, but armed only with his faith and with his words, he triumphed over circumstances, departing this life – so it is said – borne in the arms of angels.”

Interwoven with his story is one about the scientists who carbon dated the saint’s relics in the 1990s. They question faith and reality – what is a saint more than a man – do we leave behind anything more than our bare bones?

The story of today, which binds the other two, is about a cathedral flower arranger and a troubled teenager sharing a tragic secret, each helping the other to peace of mind.

A well-known local actor and writer, David has been active with Lichfield Mysteries, Intimate Theatre, Lichfield Players and Shakespeare in the Park.

There will be a public meeting for anyone who is interested in being involved in any wayon November 14 at 3pm in the upstairs hall at the Methodist Church, Tamworth Street (entrance in Backchester Lane).

Two workshop sessions are planned for November 28 and December 12. The performance in Lichfield is planned for March 2011.

David added:

“The idea is to stage a high quality, low budget performance. This is an exciting new community project between Lichfield Methodist Church and Lichfield Mysteries. We will be thrilled to welcome people of every age and background.”

For more information contact David Titley on 01543 250286 or email davidtitley8@yahoo.co.uk.

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