“It’s entirely possible you’ve written me off since the day I put on my Repeal the 8th jumper and aren’t even listening now because of the way I voted. Both times. Sorry about that. Actually no. I’m sorry, God, I’m not sorry"
In a small University town in the UK in the early 2010s, before Repeal the 8th, Queer Eye and same-sex marriage, Avicii is playing on full volume, vodka cranberry is flowing and a young Irish Catholic woman starts to question her sexuality.
The Church, the Bible and her Auntie Deidre might all agree that ‘man and woman were made for each other,’ but her openly lesbian mate Sophie sets her pulse racing, throwing her relationship with faith, family and the future into jeopardy.
Filmed in high definition by the award-winning Shoot Media, this powerful, funny and thought provoking monologue asks whether it’s possible to reconcile a religious upbringing with finding sexual empowerment as a young woman in the 21st century.
Sacrament was originally developed as part of the manifesto programme at the Gaiety School of Acting in 2017. It was developed with the support of Dublin Fringe Lab and Theatre Upstairs.
The show ran at Theatre Upstairs, Dublin, in November 2017 followed by the London Debut at The Bunker in May 2018. Minerva is working towards a full London run in 2020.
Sacrament explores how to reconcile a Catholic upbringing with finding empowered sexuality as a young woman in the 21st century. The piece follows the Girl through the Sacraments within the Catholic Church: Baptism, First Confession, Communion, Confirmation, Marriage?
'An extremely engaging and thought provoking show"
- Andrew Lynch, Sunday Business Post
'A Tour De Force Performance... An interesting and thought provoking piece of work'
- Midnight Murphy, Theatre Times
Cast and Creatives
Performer and Writer: Leigh Douglas
Director: Fiona Kingwill
Movement Director: Amy Warren
Producer: Loft Productions
Lighting and Sound Design: Gavin Hennessy
Set Design: Naomi Faughnan
Image: Lenaig Delisle