a tragic-comedy exploring the reactions of a family when faced with the death of one of their daughter’s best friend.
“During the day I went for walks, mostly by myself. You see, Darling, what's so mysterious about this part of Brittany is that there are big chunks of cliff that stand in the sea... like one morning they decided, that's it, I'm leaving, and they left the Coast, and headed right for the horizon…” says Mum to Caroline in Family In Church..... a play seeking to raise $5000 or more.
Bats in the Belfry/Ça cloche dans ma caboche, a newly formed bilingual theatre company, based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, is proud to present its inaugural production of Family In Church, written and directed by its artistic director, Pascale Roger-McKeever.
The company received a grant covering partial costs and is now working to raise the remainder of the funds needed. Any amount of donation is very welcome: from $5 to $5000! And many advanced showering stars of thanks to you all.
Family In Church is a brutally honest play about family dynamics. Equally self-centered, needy and desperate for attention, all four characters fight for recognition and love. Provoked by the youngest daughter, Caroline, who dares to believe that her best friend has not died, the family embarks on a series of intriguing interactions where individual fears and demons raise their heads, forcing all to an emotional breaking point. With the church as an overarching symbol of unity, slowly the deeper truths boil to the surface.
What fellow artists have said about the play:
"Family In Church is extraordinarily well-written and full of dramatic possibility. Each character has such honest depth and range; it would be an honor to be able to act any of the four roles.” (Margaret Smith, actor)
"The character voices in Pascale's play Family In Church are stunning. Each of them is specific, strong, and nuanced. Together they make a mad and moving theatrical world. The choice to set the story in a church, with everyone asking forgiveness of the other all the time, with everyone confessing their mistakes to each other all the time, but with everyone in profound denial of what's really going on in their life makes for dramatically rich territory. This play is quite a ride." (AnnMarie- Kerr, actor)
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