The list below includes all performances at the Stahl for the forthcoming season.




brought to you by Red Ladder Theatre Company in collaboration with Theatre Royal Wakefield & CAPA College

About The Performance

Traditionally, churches across the world have offered sanctuary to those seeking safety from persecution. But how do we react when that ideal becomes a reality?

When Alland, a young Iranian man, begs to be given sanctuary at St Mary’s church in a northern town, it sparks a community to react in all the ways each member believes to be right. Molly, a young worker there, joins forces with vicar Fiona to resist both the angry vigilantes and the hard-hearted authorities beyond the church walls to try to protect Alland.

Holding a special community service where voices on all sides sing their songs of redemption and condemnation, Fiona asks the question to everyone present: do we give Alland over to the State or live up to our well-versed ideals of compassion?  

‘Sanctuary’ is a brand-new musical that welcomes us in and asks the question: do we want safety and freedom for only ourselves, or for us all? A vital story of one man’s hopes for help and support in a time when not all strangers are welcomed.

With a chorus drawn from students at Wakefield’s CAPA College, Boff Whalley ('We’re Not Going Back') and Sarah Woods’ musical mixes hard-hitting ideas with memorable melodic tunes and harmonies.

Come on in – the Service is about to begin…

Age guidance is 13+

Running time approx. 120 mins including an interval.

Book, music and lyrics by Sarah Woods and Boff Whalley

Directed by Cheryl Martin


Venue: The Stahl  Theatre, West St, Oundle PE8 4EJ

Date 1st Oct 2024

Time: 7.45pm

Tickets: £13 & £15

Special discount for school bookings

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