Paul swaps altar for stage role at Fringe

A Methodist minister is to swap the altar for the stage to perform at the famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Friday, 11th August 2017, 12:14 pm
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 12:19 pm
Paul Critchley and Kirsty Gwyn-Thomas who play Tom and Lizzie

Paul Critchley, who is in pastoral charge of Knott End and Poulton, will play the part of Tom in a short play called Home Front/Front Line next week.

Home Front/Front Line is a 50 minute emotionally-charged look at life in the Second World War through the eyes of a young couple (Lizzie and Tom) serving their country in the Women’s Land Army at home and on the front line abroad.

Paul said: “I find it a very moving story and playing Tom, whose life is totally changed by the war, is a great privilege. Being able to perform at the Fringe is a thrilling development we couldn’t have anticipated when we started out.”

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The story of Lizzie and Tom is based on diary entries, letters and official historical records from the Durham Light Infantry, and the multi-media presentation seeks to celebrate love, commitment and faith in the face of separation, hardship and conflict.

It is written by Rev. Canon David Banbury from Leyland.

He said: “It’s amazing to think that a lad who failed English at school should end up writing a play that appears at such a famous event!

“We have already performed the play in a number of churches as part of 1940s weekends across and people who see it find it to be a heart-warming and moving story, with a clear Christian message at the heart of it.

“Taking our little show on a big new adventure is an amazing opportunity to share with a much wider audience.”

Want to go?

The play will be staged at the Lime Studio, [email protected] Square, 25 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh, from August 14 to 19 at 6.30pm each evening.

There is no charge for admission, but it is a ticketed performance and tickets are bookable in advance. Tickets via 0131 226 0026 or