by Jonathan Moore
Introduction by Mark Lawson
Follow Inigo (Ignatius of Loyola) from ambitious, hot-headed, street-fighting sensualist to his co-founding, (with a radical group of young friends), the Society of Jesus in the sixteenth century.
In Moore’s bold, visceral, funny and poetic play, he asserts Loyola’s position as counter-cultural radical. But it is not only for those interested in Ignatius Loyola and the Jesuits. It is also a political allegory about those who fight for change against an implacable Establishment. With the current Pope a Jesuit, this is a timely exploration of one of history’s major spiritual leaders and reformers: a story of a spiritual journey from sinner to saint.
Published in conjunction with the play’s run at the Pleasance Theatre, London in May 2015, the play explores the life and times of Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).
Of special interest to Catholic schools and Colleges, in particular with the current pope a Jesuit.
The play has now been translated into Spanish.
“This is the most interesting play text to have reached me for a while, not least because I keep running into actors who were involved in the runs, directed by the playwright, at the White Bear and the Pleasance earlier this year. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits is not the most obvious choice for a play subject until you remember that he was effectively a counter-cultural radical fighting an implacable establishment suddenly it’s both topical and relevant. I hope this thoughtful, engaging and very funny in places eight-hander will get more outings very soon. If not read the text anyway.” Susan Elkin, The Stage
“Impressive…entertaining. Enlightening.” **** LondonTheatre
“Historically accurate, comic and thought-provoking while still incredibly relevant.” **** Plays To See
“Brilliantly written… a great evening of thoughtful and dynamic theatre.” Mark Lawson, broadcaster and critic
“… lovely moments of religious poetry and pragmatic comedy… given the current activity in Rome, this is a particularly pertinent time for this story of humility.” **** The Stage
“The intelligence of the production, and especially the vitality and versatility of the performances make for a moving, stimulating and enjoyable experience. The structure and dynamism of the play, the art with which Jonathan Moore makes Ignatius accessible to us, capturing much of the drama of the Spiritual Exercises themselves, would also make an excellent discovery for schools and colleges.” James Hanvey SJ, Master of Campion Hall, University of Oxford, Thinking Faith
About the author
Jonathan Moore is an award-winning actor, writer and director. As an actor he has played leading roles at the Royal Shakespeare Co, Royal Court, Donmar, the Royal Exchange and on BBC TV. He has directed theatre and opera world premieres at the Almeida, Donmar, West End, Royal Exchange, Gate, English National Opera, Covent Garden, La Fenice in Venice and on TV among many others. He has directed world premieres by composers such as Turnage, MacMillan, Henze, Schnittke, Nyman, Copeland and more, and his early work was sponsored by Joe Strummer of The Clash. He has collaborated with members of punk band Killing Joke and on several projects with Industrial group Test Dept. A published playwright and librettist, his work has been performed at leading theatres including the Donmar, Royal Exchange, Gate, BBC TV, radio and internationally. Jonathan was asked by Mark Rylance to direct the large-scale immersive project for over fifty performers What You Will, a co-production for Shakespeare’s Globe, The Cultural Olympiad and Mayor’s Office and several subsequent Shakespeare projects. He is due to direct a large-scale site-specific immersive project for Ludovico Einaudi in Italy and a new opera project with Stewart Copeland. He is on the Artistic Advisory Committee of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He has had a Who’s Who entry since 2007. A collection of Moore’s plays is also published by Aurora Metro Books.
Praise for other works
“A singular voice for his generation.” Time Out
“A power of feeling rare in contemporary writing.” The Guardian
“A resounding, unanimous triumph… riveting, total theatre.” Sunday Times