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Angel: Take This Body
by Martin Foreman

"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.

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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Angel  by Martin Foreman

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ISBN 978-0-9933546-2-5
soft cover, 51pp
(app 35 mins on stage)
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Martin Foreman is the author of two novels (Weekend and The Butterfly's Wing), two short story collections (A Sense of Loss and First and Fiftieth) and several plays as well as non-fiction and journalism.

Angel (the story) appeared first in First and Fiftieth, fifteen short stories, all told in the first person from a teenage boy in middle England to a grandmother in hills of California. Three other stories from that collection were turned into one-(wo)man plays and produced in London; they are available from Arbery Publications as Californian Lives.

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

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