The Clergymen is a Radio Drama that takes place in a 20th century fictional Europe. It follows a group of five individuals who make up the titular Clergymen. Ezra is the prophetic leader of the group and serves as spiritual guide. Silas who is the oldest member -other than Ezra – and is a father figure for the group supporting them and offering advice to all while filling in the role of the detective. Herodias is – what the church calls – a lamb, in that she is supposed to be the sacrifice for the group and is used whenever the group needs to commit a sin for the greater good of the church. Elijah is the youngest member of the eleventh order. A pious and curious child Elijah has a habit of having his prayers answered quickly and literally by God. Finally, the last and newest member of the group is Alister who joined the group in the pursuit of seeking revenge against the man they follow, a man simply called the Undertaker. This story however focuses little on the Undertaker and instead primarily deals with a small town named Durinbar where every night the Bishop of the town has the same woman killed for her witchcraft. Alongside the witch there is slew of disappearances and the Bishop, alongside his congregation, are eager to have the problem resolved permanently.
And we have a few episodes out already: Below is the Precursor and first two scenes of The Clergymen: The Immortal Woman. Please feel free to give them a listen.
Act 1 Scene 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rc43vAAtufc
Act 1 Scene 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cFfpiXKZKc
Risks and challenges
The Radio Drama holds within in the beliefs of contemporary Christianity. When handling religion – like politics – seldom is universal popularity obtained. Not only could people outside Christianity have an issue with it but the those within the religion might have contention with views presented. The story questions many tenants of the Christian faith and provides several criticisms towards Catholicism as a whole. A secondary risk the Radio Drama holds is the handling of dark themes throughout the piece. While never shown rape is frequently discussed and recalled by women in the town; racism is a persistent theme as well, making itself prevalent in several of the chapters. Demonic worshiping, scenes of graphic violence, and vulgar language are also depicted in the Radio Drama. All these factors could provide some semblance of resistance from the audience.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter