Nicaea

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325 AD. Roman Emperor Constantine summons Christian bishops from all over the empire to a grand council at Nicaea. Their goal: agree on language establishing Christian doctrine and ultimately crush any dissenters. As heated arguments and clashing agendas carve deep divisions between those present, pressure from Rome mounts. The question for each Christian becomes: how much are you willing to compromise?

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Still, Nicaea is both a well-crafted and well-staged piece displaying that rare duo — intelligence and ambition, which is always deserving of respect.

sweet-sour - Ernest Kearney - ...read full review


Rob Stevens

It's a very wordy and dry presentation...The acting company is strong but the endless scene changes do bog down the pacing.

sweet-sour - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review


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Theatrical Brainfood with depth, breadth and commitment! A 4th-century political thriller, Nicaea is a bold & plentiful offering, refreshing for the Fringe in the way that it takes you deeply into the world of serious drama whilst maintaining a lightness of touch. The ensemble works well together and the play keeps a good pace. Nicaea has hints of Greek drama and Socratic dialogues, whilst keeping the action moving. Tricia Aurand's writing takes you deep into the arguments around the nature of God, as discussed by the early Church fathers, as she questions the Hebrew names of the Divine, "Adonai & Elohim are plural, El is singular...[why?]" - in doing so she frames the conversation of the play in the context caused rifts in the early Church, and she gets the audience thinking. The philosophical discussion is juxtaposed with interpersonal family drama, rape & incest, as early religious contractions are revealed and just desserts are served. Notable performances from Mikie Beatty, Brendan Haley, Anna Chazelle, Morris Schorr, Dontrail Brinson, Anthony Backman, Azeen Khanmalek & Kelton Lin. Wishing every success to Nicaea!

sweet - Marcus J Freed


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Still, Nicaea is both a well-crafted and well-staged piece displaying that rare duo — intelligence and ambition, which is always deserving of respect.

sweet-sour - Ernest Kearney - ...read full review


Rob Stevens

It's a very wordy and dry presentation...The acting company is strong but the endless scene changes do bog down the pacing.

sweet-sour - Rob Stevens - Haines His Way - ...read full review


Avatar

Theatrical Brainfood with depth, breadth and commitment! A 4th-century political thriller, Nicaea is a bold & plentiful offering, refreshing for the Fringe in the way that it takes you deeply into the world of serious drama whilst maintaining a lightness of touch. The ensemble works well together and the play keeps a good pace. Nicaea has hints of Greek drama and Socratic dialogues, whilst keeping the action moving. Tricia Aurand's writing takes you deep into the arguments around the nature of God, as discussed by the early Church fathers, as she questions the Hebrew names of the Divine, "Adonai & Elohim are plural, El is singular...[why?]" - in doing so she frames the conversation of the play in the context caused rifts in the early Church, and she gets the audience thinking. The philosophical discussion is juxtaposed with interpersonal family drama, rape & incest, as early religious contractions are revealed and just desserts are served. Notable performances from Mikie Beatty, Brendan Haley, Anna Chazelle, Morris Schorr, Dontrail Brinson, Anthony Backman, Azeen Khanmalek & Kelton Lin. Wishing every success to Nicaea!

sweet - Marcus J Freed