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Edinburgh Fringe:  real life protagonists of prison plays to meet public
Edinburgh Fringe: real life protagonists of prison plays to meet public

The Catholic Church has long advocated that prison should be a place of redemption. The protagonists of two powerful autobiographical prison plays are to come together this Friday 12th August at 1pm at Summerhall, where both their plays are being staged, to meet the public and discuss theatre, prisons and rehabilitation. Belgian Jean-Marc Mahy was sent to prison at the age of seventeen and spent almost 20 years inside for involuntary manslaughter, three in solitary confinement.

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Catholic themes in Edinburgh Fringe plays
Catholic themes in Edinburgh Fringe plays

There are three compelling dramas infused with Catholicism at Summerhall in Edinburgh this Fringe: A Man Standing, Doubting Thomas and It Folds. Paul Laverty, Ken Loach's award-winning screen-writer, who himself was educated at a Scottish junior seminary, had this to say about A Man Standing: "Sometimes a play isn't just about the piece itself, but what is in your head, and maybe heart, when you cross with it. Over the last few days

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 Redemption Play at Edinburgh Fringe
Redemption Play at Edinburgh Fringe

A Belgian ex-prisoner tells how the Bible saved his life in this play at the Edinburgh fringe. Jean-Marc Mahy was sent to prison at the age of seventeen and spent almost 20 years inside for involuntary manslaughter, three in solitary confinement. In A Man Standing, Mahy recalls his brutal prison life with its humiliations, isolation, and lurking madness. In one episode, he recounts how he received short shrift from the Catholic chaplain who'd also happened to preside over the funeral of the policeman who had died after a struggle with Mahy.

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Song for WYD by #RTCK
Song for WYD by #RTCK

Polish band #RTCK have released a special single for World Youth Day with Pope Francis. 'Step up to the mountain' is a song recorded in English. The band say: "We want to convey to you our passion, good, but most of all we want to rejoice together with thousands of young people coming to our country :)" Z ogromną radością, w dniu przyjazdu papieża Franciszka do Polski, prezentujemy Wam singiel od ‪#‎RTCK‬ z okazji Światowych Dni Młodzieży 2016 :)

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London: Nun's Chorus at the Park Theatre
London: Nun's Chorus at the Park Theatre

Set in 1950's Ireland, Nun's Chorus by Sally Mulready, tells the story of a group of enclosed nuns who go on their first trip outside the convent in five years. Their holiday to Galway Bay leads to more than they expected as they find themselves on a journey of fun, friendship and self discovery. This production, at the Park Theatre in Finsbury Park, north London, on Monday, was performed by members of the Irish Pensioners Theatre Group and Irish Pensioners Choir run by the Irish Elderly Advice Network.

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 Blue Swan Quartet - booking now for parties, wedding receptions
Blue Swan Quartet - booking now for parties, wedding receptions

This versatile and talented young quartet of saxophone, violin, piano and bass has a unique sound. With a large and ever-growing repertoire of classical and popular pieces, Blue Swan are available to play at wedding receptions, official functions and informal parties. This London-based band can also bring a vocalist if needed. For bookings and more information contact: bookings@blueswanmusic.co.uk

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 London: Month-long festival explores experience of women and war
London: Month-long festival explores experience of women and war

Women and War is a month long festival (July 4 - 31) examining the effect of warfare on women worldwide. Bringing together an extraordinary span of international work, and performers from all continents, the festival will showcase cutting-edge drama, comedy, dance, documentary film and photography, drawn from the United Kingdom, United States, Spain, Iran, and Uzbekistan. Across the centuries, from the Crimean War, to WWII, through to the current conflict in Syria, Women in War tells the profoundly personal

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 York Minster Mystery Plays 2016
York Minster Mystery Plays 2016

The great York cycle of medieval mystery plays has once more been resurrected and is currently being staged inside York Minster itself in an adaptation by Mike Poulton. With just a couple of professional actors, this is a great community production in the noble tradition of the mysteries in which each pageant was sponsored and staged by local artisan-guilds. Just as in the Middle Ages, immense care and expense has been lavished on the project. The whole of salvation history from Creation to Doomsday is played out in the minster's vast nave, and

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Review: Brideshead Revisited at the Richmond Theatre
Review: Brideshead Revisited at the Richmond Theatre

'Sebastian [Flyte] has such charm', Anthony Blanche warns Charles Ryder in Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited: 'It kills love; it kills art; I greatly fear, my dear Charles, that it has killed you.' And, of course, it is not just Sebastian - the charming homosexual sot who descends into melancholic alcoholism - who charms Charles; it is, in effect, the whole Marchmain (Flyte) family: Old Catholic, aristocratic, and not forgetting their beautiful ancestral pile, Marchmain House. Lord Marchmain, the last aristo to be hounded out of England, has decamped to

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British singer to headline unique concert for Pope Francis
British singer to headline unique concert for Pope Francis

A British Mezzo Soprano has been chosen to headline a spectacular free concert in one of Rome's most historic sites, to mark the Pope's Jubilee celebrations. Nottingham-born Carly Paoli - whose debut single Ave Maria has been chosen as the official song of the Pope's 2016 Jubilee celebrations - will lead the line-up for Music for Mercy, a ground-breaking live event held in the grounds of Rome's Forum on July 26. This is the first time permission has been granted for an event at the historic site,

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Baqoun - Christian dancers from Bethlehem begin UK tour
Baqoun - Christian dancers from Bethlehem begin UK tour

Baqoun - a troupe of 16 talented young Palestinian Christian dancers are coming from Bethlehem to perform in England this week, under the sponsorship of the Anglican Diocese of West Yorkshire and The Dales. During their 12-day visit, Baqoun will be bringing a taste of Bethlehem and the Holy Land to churches and schools. They will be leading workshops and cultural evenings which aim to spread understanding of the challenges facing Christians in Palestine and the Middle East while offering a series of events which will include dance, drama, food

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From Bethlehem with love - Palestinian Christian dance troupe begins UK tour
From Bethlehem with love - Palestinian Christian dance troupe begins UK tour

Baqoun - a troupe of 16 talented young Palestinian Christian dancers are coming from Bethlehem to perform in England this week, under the sponsorship of the Anglican Diocese of West Yorkshire and The Dales. During their 12-day visit, Baqoun will be bringing a taste of Bethlehem and the Holy Land to churches and schools. They will be leading workshops and cultural evenings which aim to spread understanding of the challenges facing Christians in Palestine and the Middle East while offering a series of exciting celebration events which will include dance, drama, food, culture and conversation.

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London: Day retreat with art and prayer
London: Day retreat with art and prayer

Astonished and Amazed: Enlightenment through the little things, is a day retreat being given by JudyAnn Masters at the Oblate Retreat Centre at Tower Hill this Saturday 18th June 10.30 for an 11am start. The day will finish with Mass celebrated by Fr Oliver Barry. Sr Sheila Gosney, who has recently relocated to Felixstowe, asked JudyAnn to continue the retreat days she had been doing with art and prayer. Astonished and Amazed will be the first JudyAnn is presenting, to carry on the marvellous work that Sr Sheila began.

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Winifred Knights retrospective at Dulwich Picture Gallery
Winifred Knights retrospective at Dulwich Picture Gallery

A protégé of the Slade School of Art during WWI, in 1920 Winifred Knights won the most prestigious art scholarship of the era, affording her three years of painting study with the British School at Rome. The other shortlisted candidates were all men and a newspaper headlined her triumph: 'Girl, 21, wins prize.' Knights's early ambitions tended towards illustration, but she followed in a family tradition of determined social activism and feminism, and she turned to creating much larger works inspired by utopian visions of mankind in harmony with nature.

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Play: We Wait in Joyful Hope
Play: We Wait in Joyful Hope

A new play at Theatre503 in Battersea has been getting rave reviews from ICN readers. We Wait in Joyful Hope by Brian Mullin tells the story of Sister Bernie D'Amato "a force to be reckoned with" who has been running a women's center in a New Jersey slum for 30 years. "she's won battles with priests, police and even gang leaders. But now she's facing her biggest threat yet.. With property developers buying up the neighbourhood, and only an ageing ex-nun and a 16-year-old X-Factor wannabe to help, Bernie's mission to save the center is becoming ever

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Jose Mourinho to be voice of Pope Francis in new film
Jose Mourinho to be voice of Pope Francis in new film

Jose Mourinho, Manchester United's new manager has taken on a second job this week. Mourinho is lending his voice to the character of Pope Francis in an animated film about Our Lady of Fatima. A statement from Portuguese production company Imaginew says Mourinho will be the voice of the Argentine pontiff in Portuguese, English, Spanish and Italian - "the languages ​​of the countries where he has already been a champion." The film, called 'Fe', is being made to mark the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of the Virgin Mary to three children in Fatima.

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Legendary singer launches campaign for child refugees
Legendary singer launches campaign for child refugees

Yusuf, the singer formerly known as Cat Stevens, has launched a campaign to help Syrian child refugees with a new song and a special concert in London later this month. The campaign is called You Are Not Alone, after a quote by Pope Francis on his recent visit to a refugee camp in Greece. Yusuf was inspired to share the song and start the campaign after visiting a refugee camp himself at Gaziantep on the border of Turkey and Syria in April. He said: "The song is a small effort to try to take people's attention away from the crime of reductionism, where

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British singer chosen as voice of the Jubilee Year of Mercy
British singer chosen as voice of the Jubilee Year of Mercy

A British mezzo soprano has been chosen to provide the official song for the Pope's Jubilee Year of Mercy celebrations in Rome. Nottinghamshire-born Carly Paoli's track, Ave Maria has been chosen by the Vatican as the official song of the Jubilee Tours for visitors the Eternal City throughout 2016. Nearly eight million pilgrims have already visited Rome this year to take part in the Jubilee events and official walking tours of the city.

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Play: Folk
Play: Folk

'There's nowt so queer as folk' runs the adage, and Tom Wells's new play is a three-hander in which the three characters all display some eccentricity, oddness and the unexpected. First there's Winnie (Connie Walker), an Irish religious sister, doing the Lord's work in a deprived northern neighbourhood in England. Then there's Stephen (Patrick Bridgman), a quiet man and Winnie's best friend.

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London: Sage Tea and Sunshine - images from Palestine
London: Sage Tea and Sunshine - images from Palestine

An exhibition of images: Sage Tea and Sunshine - an alternative view of Palestine, by photographer Madeleine McGivern opened at the Travelling Through Bookshop in Waterloo last Friday. Madeleine lived and worked in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza as a human right monitor for three months, and then was a member of Christian Aid's Middle East programme team in Palestine and Israel for over four years....The exhibition runs to 3 June.

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Watch: U2 guitarist performs in Sistine Chapel
Watch: U2 guitarist performs in Sistine Chapel

History was made on Saturday when The Edge, the lead guitarist from Irish rock band U2, played in the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican. The first-ever rock concert in the historic chapel, was given for about 200 doctors researchers who had attended the conference at the Vatican on regenerative medicine. Wearing his signature black beanie, The Edge, whose real name is David Evans, played and sang Leonard Cohen's 'If it be your will' and U2 songs 'Yahweh' 'Ordinary love' and 'Walk on.'

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 Catholic charity boosts Palestine music project
Catholic charity boosts Palestine music project

A partnership between charitable tour operator Pilgrimage People and the Tunes for Peace Project in Palestine has been boosted after a visit to meet students and staff in Bethlehem. On April 22, a group from Pilgrimage People led by Catholic priest Fr Paul Maddison, from the Diocese of East Anglia, visited the project to see what difference the money it had donated to the cultural project had made. They listened in as students had lessons on a violin, piano and kanoon and then spoke to George Rishmawi, Director of the Palestinian Centre

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Shakespeare's 'eternal summer shall not fade'
Shakespeare's 'eternal summer shall not fade'

'In eternal lines to time thou grow'st'. Today is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death; and by tradition, it is also his birthday, for he was baptised three days later. Today is also the feast of St George, England's patron saint. And for generations, this was a happy coincidence for the Protestant imperial establishment who would pay homage to the 'national poet' on this patriotic day. Recent scholarship has served to disturb this wholesale packaging of an imperialist Bard.

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London: Sr Sheila Gosney to lead day of art and prayer
London: Sr Sheila Gosney to lead day of art and prayer

Sr Sheila Gosney rim will be leading 'Leaf by Leaf', a day of art and prayer, at the DeMazenod Centre by Tower Hill in London this Saturday. Artist Alice Robertson said: "Sr Sheila is a fine artist herself and has been running creativity and prayer workshops for many years. She will lead us deeply into our spiritual journeys in a lighthearted way through various forms of creativity and prayer." No known artistic talent/experience is required! All are very welcome. Materials are provided.

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Play: 'Scenes from 68* Years'
Play: 'Scenes from 68* Years'

A new play about Palestine - 'Scenes from 68* Years' is being performed at the Arcola Theatre in Dalston, London, from 6-30 April. It is by award-winning writer Hannah Khalil and draws on stories from family and friends. Acclaimed Palestinian actress Maisa Abd Elhadi joins the six strong UK cast via a live video link-up direct from Palestine.

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