“Christ Deliver Us”

A  new play at the Abbey Theatre written by Thomas Kilroy inspired by Inspired by German dramatist Frank Wedekind’s 1891 masterpiece Spring Awakening. There is an archetypal story that can be found in folklore, fairytales and mythology and it recurs again and again.  It is the ‘coming of age’ narrative whereby the young gain wisdom, overcome adversity and become adults.  Thus, each culture reproduces.  The young learn and adapt, society is newly interpreted and modified and each generation inherits and subsequently passes on the values and norms of their parents.  This process of ‘take-over’ from generation to generation is fundamental to the survival of a culture.  Hence so many stories and the high value placed on the wisdom therein. We see this in The Godfather, Harry Potter and even the story of Moses – the storyline is similar in each case – an alternative life beckons for a short while but eventually one’s true nature wins out and the inherited core values are embraced. There is a particular variation of this theme which we all find disturbing and is at the root of Kilroy’s new play.  What if “there’s something rotten” in society?  What if it’s a monster?  Who will Read More …