AN intriguing play featuring the early years of Luther King will soon be captivating local audiences when it comes to First Omagh Presbyterian Church Hall today (Sunday).
‘Young Luther’, written by playwright Philip Orr, impressively features one single actor who portrays many different characters as he moves the story rapidly along.
It will take place this Sunday, November 26, beginning at 7pm sharp.
“Martin Luther was one of the famous church reformers of the 16th century,” explained Rev Jane Nelson from First Omagh Presbyterian Church.
“The play provides a fascinating insight into the life of young Luther, as well as providing opportunities for us to consider the events which led up to the reformation.
“And October 31 of this year saw the 500th anniversary of the nailing of his ‘95 Theses’ on the door of Wittenburg Cathedral in Germany.
“This event kick started what is now known as the Protestant Reformation.”
Young Luther is set in the former monastery where Luther lived with his wife Katharina. Luther would often have entertained guests in his home and engaged them – over copious amounts of food and beer – in discussions about faith.
During this play, Luther looks back on his younger days explaining to his guests the events which led up to the October 31, 1517 – the Protestant Reformation.
Additionally, Young Luther touches upon the issues in the church and society which vexed Luther, causing him to seek reform within the church of his day.
It also addresses his family background, and delves into the events which caused him to become a Friar.
Rev Nelson added, “The play was commissioned by Ballycrochan Presbyterian Church for their anniversary celebrations last month and I am delighted that it is coming to First Omagh Presbyterian Church Hall.”
After the play, the audience will be given an opportunity to have some ‘Table Talk’ discussions in small groups to consider what they have learnt from the play and what questions it may have provoked in their minds.
There is no charge for the play but there will be opportunity to contribute to costs with additional monies raised going to Wycliffe Bible Translators.
Everyone will be made most welcome. Refreshments will be provided.