New community play to be performed in Lichfield

Thursday January 27 2011

A new community theatre event is set to be performed in Lichfield in March.

Actor David Titley has brought together a group of people of all ages and backgrounds to present The Meeting of Ways, a joint collaboration between Lichfield Mysteries and Lichfield Methodist Church.

The new work, written by David, delves into the past, but also brings St Chad’s story right up to date with the carbon dating of his bones, and modern-day people’s thoughts on the saint.

David said: “St Chad lived as an obscure monk before becoming Archbishop of York. He was in Lichfield for only two and a half years.

“My play is not an attempt to re-create some dusty historical figure. It rather explores Chad’s character and heritage.”

The relics of St Chad are enshrined above the altar in St Chad’s Roman Catholic Cathedral in Birmingham. The archaeological laboratory of Oxford University carried out the carbon dating in 1995 confirming some of the bones to date from the seventh century. St Chad died in March 672.

This process forms the first strand of the play - the Scientific way. 

Chad’s own life, according to Bede, is the basis for the second strand in the play - the Spiritual way and the final strand - Our way - unites the other two in a contemporary story of sacrifice and joyful reconciliation.

The Meeting of Ways will be performed at Lichfield Methodist Church hall for three nights from Thursday March 24 to Saturday March 26 at 7.30pm.

Tickets (adults £7, children £5), are on sale at the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum, Market Square, Lichfield.

Enquiries to: 01543 250286.

Pictured:

The Bishop of Lichfield, Rt Rev Jonathan Gledhill has lent his support to the project and met up with ‘St Chad’ (alias author David Titley) outside the Cathedral.