Friday, 10 September 2010

Flight 4:13...

Review of a play
Image courtesy of the Potter's House Church, Reading
I had the opportunity to attend a theatrical performance entitled 'Flight 4:13' at the Potter's House Church, Reading, UK on the 22nd of August 2010, the second of three showings.

 A plane carrying 200 passengers crashes leaving six survivors. Each survivor has a secret / secret life that they have been hiding and for some they have been even hiding the truth of who they are from themselves. Those who survive the crash are trapped in the plane and afraid that this is the end for them and so they start to confess their secrets to one another or expose each other for some. There are hypocrites, liars, pretenders and all other manner of characters in this bunch. The theme is that they all wear a mask or two and in this their final hour all is revealed. They then need to make a decision to repent and turn to God or not. As they are about to make this decision something unexpected happens...

Main Characters: Co-pilot, air stewardess, preacher, preachers wife, a baby and a spoilt rich guy
From L to R: Yemi Omonijo (stewardess), Ben Banda (spoilt rich guy), Luc Clerveaux (co-pilot), Ene Etteh (preacher) and Joan Agwuna (preachers wife holding the baby)
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My take on it:
I really enjoyed watching this play particularly because it was both really funny whilst incredibly revealing of the human condition. You could not helped being drawn in by the characters and whist you may not have committed their particular offences you could see the character traits they portrayed in your own life which was convicting. The hypocrisy that is often  found in organised religion was brought out to perfection and levelled the playing field, showing that no matter how religious you are, it says nothing of your heart condition. The scriptures put it best when they say that 'man looks on the outward part and God looks at the heart'...this play gives us a glimpse of the heart and we are able to make a comparison with the outward part. 

Poetess Yemi Omonijo
The highlight of this play for me was the poetess Yemi Omonijo who took to the stage as the closing act of this play with a recital of her about wearing masks. She has a melodious voice and has a way of drawing in the audience that is simply captivating. He words are clear and descriptive and you can imagine in your minds eye all that she describes and you can even place yourself in her poetry which is a powerful skill that one does not often come across particularly as a Christian poetess. I have heard her a few time before and simply love her art. All in all it was a really good theatrical display and evangelistic event.

Next play being hosted by the Potter's House Church Reading
Angry Young Minds -  25th September 
See the website for details here
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