Temple

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DOI: 10.5040/9781784603151.00000002
Roles: Male (4) , Female (3) , Neutral (0)

Steve Waters' play Temple is a fictionalised account of the occupation of the area outside St Paul's Cathedral in London by the protest movement Occupy London in October 2011, and the subsequent enforced eviction of the protesters. It dramatises the different, often conflicting attitudes towards the protest by the Cathedral authorities, the wider Church of England and the City of London. It was first performed at the Donmar Warehouse, London, on 27 May 2015 (previews from 21 May).

The play's action is set in the Cathedral's Chapter House on 28 October 2011. The Cathedral, after a week’s closure because of the protestors, is about to re-open. The Dean is anxious to resume worship, but he is beset on all sides by problems. The Canon Chancellor, sympathetic to the Occupy movement, noisily resigns; the Virger feels the building is unready; and the Bishop of London still holds out hope of reaching some accord with the protesters. Above all, the Dean must decide whether or not to support the City of London in its plan to evict the protesters – if necessary by force.

The Donmar Warehouse premiere was directed by Howard Davies and designed by Tim Hatley, with Simon Russell Beale as the Dean, Rebecca Humphries as his PA, Paul Higgins as the Canon Chancellor, Anna Calder-Marshall as the Virger, Malcolm Sinclair as the Bishop of London and Shereen Martin as the City Lawyer.

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Nick Hern Books

Steve Waters

ISBN: 9781848424753

Series: NHB Modern Plays

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