2017 The Death and Life of EVERYMAN

October 2017


Our major production by SHADES Theatre Company in 2017 was ‘The Death and Life of Everyman’, with four performances during October.

‘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.”

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.

The cast, photographs and video clips can be viewed on the Gallery Page, as well as excerpts on Youtube.

2 Responses to 2017 The Death and Life of EVERYMAN

  1. dee veldwijk October 19, 2017 at 9:46 pm #

    Good evening,

    As visitors from Holland we were on your play “the dead and life of everyman” in Westfield.
    It was a great experience for us being amongst the local people of Westfield Chrurch watching your play.
    God bless you all.

    greetings: Gerrit en Dicky

    • David Henty December 4, 2017 at 4:40 pm #

      Thanks for your comment. I wish we could have met you. We’re glad you enjoyed the play

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