The Holy Theatre
An Online Mini-Conference on Jane Austen's Last-Completed Novel
To Benefit The Holy Theatre's Persuasion Workshop Fund
Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14, 2022
All proceeds will help to fund The Holy Theatre's workshop of Persuasion, a new play by Sarah Rose Kearns, at The Warwick Institute of Culture.
"I am calling it The Holy Theatre for short, but it could be called The Theatre of the Invisible – Made – Visible: the notion that the stage is a place where the invisible can appear has a deep hold on our thoughts. We are all aware that most of life escapes our senses: a most powerful explanation of the various arts is that they talk of patterns which we can only begin to recognize when they manifest themselves as visions or shapes. We hear that trumpets destroyed the walls at Jericho, we recognize that a magical thing called music can come from men in white ties and tails . . . Despite the absurd means that produce it, through the concrete in music we recognize the abstract, we understand that ordinary men and their clumsy instruments are transformed by an art of possession. We may make a personality cult of the conductor, but we are aware that he is not really making the music, it is making him – if he is relaxed, open and attuned, then the invisible will take possession of him; through him, it will reach us."
The Empty Space (1968)