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?
You know when you tell yourself a particular story about who you are and how you got where you are and where you’re going and then something happens and you have to tell yourself a different story to make sense of yourself to yourself?
A little girl in a first communion dress cossetted by family in Catholic Ireland dreams of the next time she will wear a white dress to Mass. But then she grows up. And as her music taste evolves, so does her relationship with God (if there is one), love (but sure what does that even mean?), and sex (but shhh don’t tell her Granny). One day, sexuality suddenly seems to threaten her relationships with her faith, her family and the future she has always imagined for herself. Sacrament is a play which examines how a new generation of Irish young people relate to their country's religious heritage and whether it is possible to reconcile religion with an empowered sense of sexuality.
'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