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Angel
by Martin Foreman
Take This Body

"Did you set out to destroy my faith? Or were you just playing with words,
debating as we did at school and seminary?"


At the end of the day a middle-aged priest welcomes a guest into his home. A glass of wine is offered. The two men sit and a conversation slowly begins. The unseen visitor is young, confident, enigmatic; his host is nervous, unable to settle, his attention returning again and again to the Virgin and Crucifix which watch over him.


For years the priest has devoted his life to God and fought daily against the temptations of the flesh. Now, fearing for his immortal soul, he confronts the man - or angel or demon - who haunts him. Tonight the conflict must come to its end.


First produced in London in 2012 and revived twice in 2013, Angel is a rare depiction of conflict between desire and faith and the spiritual agony that celibacy imposes. It is also unusual in the current obsession with paedophilia in that it portrays a priest who is not attracted to children.


Angel  by Martin Foreman


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Includes the text of the play, the short story on which it was based and an introduction with the background to the character of the priest.


"four stars . . . strong performance of a well-written script tackling hefty issues"

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ISBN 978-0-9933546-2-5       soft cover, 51pp (app 35 mins on stage)       5.99




Martin Foreman is the author of two novels, two short story collections and several plays, all available from Arbery Books. He is the winner of the 2012 London Solo Festival New Writing Award and the 2018 Pitlochry Festival Theatre Short Play Award. In August 2018 he directed two of his plays - his adaptation of Ben Jonson's Jacobean comedy Volpone and a new one-act drama Casanova Dreaming - at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Martin was born in Dundee, went to school and university in Edinburgh and spent many years working and living in London and across the world. He has returned to live in Edinburgh and does not expect to move from the city again. For those who insist on categories, he is a British writer who happens to be gay and whose primary themes are love, loss and the intensity of emotions. As well as writing, he occasionally directs theatre and acts in short films.

writing website: martinforeman.com               theatre / film website: martinforeman.me.uk



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