In the run up to Easter, and with the Titanic anniversary just a week before, StreetLamp Theatre will be touring Northern Ireland during March and April 2014. We've got a short play to suit both occasions and each is packed with the gospel in action. His Name Was John and Resigning are available together for just £95.
Claire Mc Cracken I was born to a Northern Irish mum, and a dad who went to Bible college at IBC in East Belfast (Craig and Margaret Dyer), so there is a decided part of me that wholeheartedly identifies Northern Ireland as home. Having written this short play about the Titanic it seems right to bring home both the aspect of His Name Was John that is about the Titanic and this Northern Irish aspect of me.
StreetLamp was set up in 2012 by Liz Reason and Claire McCracken. Our repertoire to date includes His Name Was John, Stood at A Distance, The StreetLamp Christmas 'Logues, Man Points for Christian Men Together and Resigning. We are currently producing a new play which will premiere at the Women of Worth conference in October.
The name 'StreetLamp' suggests taking the light to people where they are, as opposed to the traditional impression of theatre which would require people coming to us. We have a vision for digging into the treasures of the Bible - the book that predates Shakespeare, will always be important, and, crucially, has power. We perform at large-scale events as well as at individual church services and midweek meetings. Our material serves primarily to evangelise and present the gospel in a hard-hitting and relevant way as well as to challenge and inspire the church.
Theatre is an amazing tool for mission and ministry. It works laterally and complimentarily alongside a service, sermon or talk. It transcends barriers of language and culture and represents life. A play takes place in the minds of the audience, so while we may perform to a group of a hundred people, we will be reaching those who engage with us on an individual and personal basis. We are made in the image of a Creator God which is reason enough for creative arts to be embraced - especially among Christians. Glorifying God is at the centre of our work at StreetLamp, which sheds light on everything else. When Jesus is at the centre, everything clicks perfectly into place and we trust in that.
His Name Was John
"There was a man sent from God whose name was John. We can't tell you all that much about him, because he died a hundred years ago. But here's what we do know..." His Name Was John was commissioned for the 2012 Titanic centenary by Harper Memorial Baptist Church. It's a seventeen minute play telling the story of John Harper, "a man sent from God" who was the founding pastor of Harper Memorial and who gave up his lifejacket that fateful night to a man in the water who he then succeeded in leading to trust the Lord. It's the ultimate picture of faith in the fallible versus faith in the Father, brought to life by four actors, four chairs and a suitcase.
"The play was SU-PERB! Acting and scripting just top quality. Spellbinding." Rosie Bock, audience member
"I saw the group performing at the 'Titanic' event and was very impressed with both the content and the acting." Matthew McKinnon, Christian Men Together for Scotland
"Milcah's life used to consist of musings, theories and endless - useless - consolations for the all-too-broad range of mourners who came to see her. But in the end, her own opinion must not get in the way. The fact is, we must all resign ourselves to death..." Resigning is a seventeen minute play depicting the Easter story from a unique perspective - that of Milcah, an imagined Samaritan obituaries editor with a crush on her older more established boss Jacob, and an ambition to write for the whole of Israel. The piece looks at death, discrimination, journalism and Jesus.