The God Par­ti­cle fringe show heads to church

Loughborough Echo - - LEISURE -

ST MARY’S Church in Sileby is host­ing Ed­in­burgh fringe show The God Par­ti­cle on Fri­day, Novem­ber 16.

The play is set in the vil­lage of Three­piggs. Dr Bex Ken­wor­thy from the nearby In­sti­tute of Ad­vanced Quan­tum The­ory is in the pub, hav­ing been stood up by a lab-tech­ni­cian. When Dr Gil­bert Ro­mans ar­rives, things are look­ing up... un­til she dis­cov­ers he is, in fact, the new lo­cal vicar. She is die-hard scep­ti­cal sci­en­tist. He is a heav­enly-minded cler­gy­man. To­gether they cre­ate en­tirely the wrong kind of re­ac­tion.

But there was un­doubt­edly some chem­istry, which keeps Dr Bex com­ing back to Gil­bert, ask­ing ques­tions about his faith and how he can be­lieve in mir­a­cles, in spite of the ev­i­dence. Gil­bert gives ev­ery bit as good as he gets and the re­sult is crack­ling di­a­logue, cut and thrust de­bate and plenty of belly laughs.

The story is far more than sim­ply talk­ing head. To­gether they are drawn into a mys­tery - the sud­den dis­ap­pear­ance of Gil­bert’s pre­de­ces­sor. Is there any link be­tween this, some ex­plod­ing TV-de­tec­tor vans, the un­ex­plained bend­ing of time and even a talk­ing don­key? Will science or faith pre­vail?

The God Par­ti­cle is a light-hearted but se­ri­ous-minded play about faith, ev­i­dence, science and the im­por­tance of keep­ing an open mind. It’s lit­tle bit Rev meets Hitch­hiker’s Guide to the Gal­axy or, maybe, The Vicar of Di­b­ley meets Dr Who.

The play fea­tures two ac­tors and lasts about 70 min­utes with­out an in­ter­val.

Writer James Cary worked on the first two se­ries of Mi­randa and co-wrote Mi­randa Hart’s Joke Shop. He co-cre­ated Blue­stone 42 for BBC3 which ran for three se­ries and has also writ­ten episodes of My Fam­ily, My Hero and Dani’s Cas­tle.

His ra­dio cred­its in­clude An­other Case of Mil­ton Jones, Hut 33, Recorded for Train­ing Pur­poses, Con­crete Cow and Think the Un­think­able star­ring Mar­cus Brig­stocke and David Mitchell. His stage show, In­fi­nite Num­ber of Mon­keys, was nom­i­nated for Per­rier Best New­comer at the Ed­in­burgh Fringe.

James Cary also has a BA Hon­ours in The­ol­ogy from the Uni­ver­sity of Durham. He cur­rently at­tends St John the Bap­tist’s Church in Yeovil where he oc­ca­sion­ally preaches.

Tick­ets, priced £8, are avail­able from 01509 812493.

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