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.
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