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Finding a way though a real-life moral maze

March 8, 2017

Temple, Loft Theatre, Leamington, from March 12 

Remember Occupy London? Those dramatic months between 2011 and 2012 when people protesting against bankers' bonuses tried to camp outside the London Stock Exchange, but ended up outside the doors of St Paul's Cathedral?

  Their powerful demonstration immediately presented a moral dilemma for the senior clergymen inside the cathedral.

  They didn't want to move the protestors off church land because many sympathised with the idea that modern banking practises had made the poor poorer.

Wouldn't Jesus have sided with the demonstrators?

  But the presence of the protesters had forced the closure of the cathedral - something that had never happened in its history.

  On stage at the Loft Theatre, Leamington, you can make up your own mind about their dilemma as you sit back and watch Temple, a dramatised version of the real events.

  Playwright Steve Waters' fictional account is based on the events that led to the closure of the great cathedral and pitted lawyers, bankers, churchmen, protestors and passers-by against each other.

  Loft director Sue Moore said: "I'm always drawn to dramatisations of real events and Temple is in turn riveting, funny and affecting. Everyone has a say and no one opinion is paraded - it leaves the audience to make up its own mind."

  Phil Reynolds is the Dean of St Paul's with a team of heavenly choristers at his back and what seems like the whole of the City of London in front of him.

  The play was premiered to great acclaim at the Donmar Warehouse in 2015 and runs for 90 minutes without an interval.

  At the Loft, in Victoria Colonnade, Leamington, it opens on Saturday, March 11 at 8pm. There will be a performance at 5pm on Sunday, March 12 (no performance on Monday), and then 8pm starts from Tuesday, March 13 to Saturday, March 18.

For more details visit www.loft-theatre.co.uk

Pictured: Phil Reynolds in the role of the Dean of St Paul's

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