“It is not usual, perhaps, that the narrative of a spiritual struggle should mingle merriment and humour with a discussion of the most solemn subjects.” Edmund Gosse, preface to Father and Son
Our Fathers is a new play by award-winning playwright Rob Drummond and Nicholas Bone, artistic director of Magnetic North. It combines historical biography, autobiography, verbatim reporting and audience conversations in an exploration of the continuing effect of faith and belief on the way we live in the 21st century.
Our Fathers is partly inspired by Father and Son, the poet and critic Edmund Gosse’s 1907 memoir of his upbringing as a member of a fundamentalist Christian sect in Victorian Britain. The book relates Gosse’s memories of his childhood and his relationship with his father - a renowned scientist with an absolute belief in Creationism who fiercely opposed Darwin.
Rob and Nicholas are both atheist sons of clergymen and have relatives who believe in the literal truth of the bible. The project will use this connection and the book as a setting off point for an exploration of faith in the 21st century, focusing particularly on inter-generational differences.
As part of the development process, we will interview people who have experienced inter-generational conflict over faith – both those with no faith and those with profound feelings of faith. Do get in touch if you’d like to talk to us.