THE DEATH AND LIFE OF EVERYMAN
‘The Death and Life of Everyman’ is a humorous, contemporary adaptation by Patrick Dorn of the 15th-century morality play. Like John Bunyan’s 1678 novel ‘The Pilgrim’s Progress’, the play utilises allegorical characters, including Everyman himself (who represents all mankind).
Everyman learns he must prepare to meet his Maker at the end of the evening’s performance. Whilst examining the question of what he must do to attain eternal life, Everyman’s good deeds and bad are highlighted in the interplay between the characters, alongside some dramatised flashbacks from his life. “Everyman is going to die”, says the Grim Reaper. But this was by no means a ‘grim’ drama. As an audience we were able to both empathise and laugh with Everyman on his journey.
This humorous adaptation by Patrick Dorn of the 15th-century morality play proved a most complex and challenging play for all involved due to the thrust stage, all-round lighting, an ensemble cast (which was on stage the whole time), who put on various costume pieces to become different characters and with live music added to the original script (which had to be altered from its many Americanisms). However, the cast coped extremely well with their own, often difficult, moves and allegorical characters to produce a fast moving comedy with many excellent, poignant and emotional scenes. There were many numerous reports of ‘enjoyable entertainment’ and ‘convincing strong message’ conveyed.
Sally Marchant wrote
“Congratulations on your wonderful production and performances on Saturday……..a production that embodied both the ethos and virtues of what Shades stands for…. a very strong Christian message…. the set worked exceptionally well and enabled the action to move forward without being fussy and distracting…a strong ensemble piece…enjoyed the way in which the music underscored the action.”
Helen and Michael Patten
“This is just to congratulate you all on your splendid performance last Thursday. The play kept up a very smart pace and all the characters really came to life. Several people have commented to us that they greatly enjoyed the play: delightful humour but also very moving and thought-provoking.”
TOUR PRODUCTION DATES AND VENUES
Saturday 14th October : St Peter and St Paul’s Church Centre
Thursday 19th October : St John the Baptist Church
Saturday 21st October : Salvation Army Citadel
Wednesday 25th October : St John the Evangelist Church
The proceeds from all four performances went to Christian Schools Work in Hastings (CSWH) who do such sterling work in bringing the Christian message to our schoolchildren in Hastings and St Leonard’s.
£400 in total was donated to CSWH.