18th March 2023
On 1 January 1773, in a small church in Olney, England the congregation sang a new hymn written by their minister to illustrate his New Year’s Day sermon. Two hundred and fifty years later, Amazing Grace is the world’s best loved hymn and one of the most-recorded songs of all time.
In this special anniversary year, we are delighted to invite you to share this remarkable story by hosting a performance of “Forever Mine.” Forever Mine is an original stage play and costume drama explorig the two great loves of John Newton’s life – his love for God and his love for “Polly” (his nickname for his wife Mary). Based on their love letters and on letters, diaries and historical writings, Forever Mine is a true story of separation and reunion, death and new life, loss and redemption. Although set in the 18th century, this moving narrative will resonate with modern audiences.
While focusing on Polly and Newton’s love story, Forever Mine also looks honestly at John Newton’s role in the slave trade even for six years after his conversion. It traces his slow journey to repentance and his later work supporting the campaign for abolition as mentor to William Wilberforce. Forever Mine elevates the lesser known voices of the abolition movement such as black writer Olaudah Equiano and the poet William Cowper.
Cork: Thursday 23 March at 7.30pm – The Carraig Centre, Old Fort Rd, Ballincollig, Cork: Phone: (021) 4877260
Longford: Friday 24 March at 7.30pm – St. John’s Church, Longford.
Sligo: Saturday 25 March at 7.30pm – St John’s Cathedral, Sligo.
Cavan: Sunday 26 March at 7.30pm – Kilmore Cathedral.
Dublin: Tuesday 28 March at 7.30pm – Crinken Church, Shankhill, Dublin. – free event, book places at eventbrite.ie/e/forever-mine-dublin-tickets
Banbridge: Wednesday 29 March at 7.30pm – Magherally Parish Church, Banbridge, Co Down.
Derry / Londonderry: Friday 31 March at 7.30pm – St Augustine’s Church.
Buncrana: Saturday 1 April at 7.30pm – Tour Finale St. Mary’s Hall, Buncrana, Co Donegal.
For more information on booking click http://www.amazinggrace.ie/forever-mine.html
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