The play concerns the story a young French couple who in 1940, are escaping the ravages of the second world war and destruction of their tiny French village. Fleeing the atrocities and the death and loss of all they hold dear, they run as hard and as fast as they can across the country, eventually finding themselves in the remains of Chateau Tatar. It is inhabited by the last remaining member of the family who owned it. But they also find it is the home of a small group of soldiers from apparently different sides who appear to be seeking refuge from … what?
The young couple soon come to discover that with the chateaux, its owner and the soldiers there are many unanswered questions … and secrets. Old secrets. Dark secrets. Secrets which, as they are disclosed, will shake their relationship, their faith and all they hold dear. More importantly, secrets which will challenge their understanding of good and of evil; of life and death, of love … and of Chateau Tatar. For they soon come to realise that it is not only people who have memories. So do places. And the reasons are darker, much darker than they could possibly ever think.
Soul Without End premiered at Guide Bridge Theatre, Tameside between 6th - 11th February 2017
Gallery photographs courtesy of Colin Smith.
"Was gripped from the start"
"Eerie, well written, great performances, amazing set. Thoroughly enjoyed 'Soul Without End'; great piece of theatre"
"Deep and meaningful"
"A Triumph. Applause to the cast and crew for keeping us transfixed"
"Eerie tale with a surprise twist"
"...suitably eerie to create an atmosphere of suspense, drama and intrigue...a play that certainly left the audience something to think about"
Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester (May 2016) – script feedback
“SOUL WITHOUT END was an ambitious, epic and theatrical piece of work which connects on a number of levels through its exploration of the universal theme of struggle between good and evil in the complexity and contradictions of human life. The theatrical structure is operatic and grand and has an ambitious sweep across the narrative. It is a thought provoking piece in terms of its exploration of conflict and human barbarism which resonates with so much of today’s world news.”