The Screwtape Letters (CS Lewis)
Tickets are now on sale for Perth Drama Club’s next production of The Screwtape Letters, an adaptation by Nigel Forde of C.S. Lewis's classic masterpiece of satire.
In the Original, Lewis uses a series of letters written by Screwtape, to his nephew Wormwood (a senior devil and his novice tempter respectively), to offer a sardonic running commentary on the temptations of the modern world. The letters offer advice on ways of winning over a wavering soul to the devil and lists the various possibilities, from using the power of mundane materialism and exploiting the petty snobberies of organised religion to using the lure of novelty and the insidiousness of pride.
Forde's adaptation brings the action to life, creating a piece that is lively and very funny, and which shines an ironic light on the foibles of humanity. The action takes place in and from the viewpoint of a university, where Screwtape is a senior academic in the Department of Hell and Damnation. Wormwood and others are his students who try, but often fail, to do his bidding. Comic yet serious, the play reverses the grandiose temptations offered to Marlowe's Dr Faustus, suggesting instead that "...the safest road to Hell is the gradual one – the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts."
As well as involving a cast and support team ranging in age from 18 to 60+ this will be a piece of community theatre with high production values that will not only develop the theatre skills of its participants but also entertain and stimulate its audiences.
Performances will take place at 7.30pm, 4th-7th October 2017, at St Matthews Church, Tay Street, Perth.
Tickets are available from Concorde Music, Scott Street, Perth; Giraffe, South Street, Perth; and TicketSource.