Sell-Out Fringe Show The God Particle To Perform in Churches Across Scotland

The God Particle Play
Joshua Leese as Rev Dr Gilbert Romans (left) and Anna Newcome Dr Bex Kenworthy(right). Picture courtesy of Jack Lawson.

A quantum physicist and a vicar walk into a bar. Joining forces to solve a perplexing mystery, they discover the real meaning of faith, knowledge and love - and the importance of keeping an open mind.

The God Particle, a romantic comedy with a hint of sci-fi and on tour until June, will be performed at Church of Scotland sites across Falkirk, Motherwell and Dundee from 17-20 February.

Written by James Cary, award-winning co-writer of BBC1's Miranda, The God Particle enjoyed a sell-out run at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and is described as being "deep, smart, and very funny."

Mr Cary, a theology graduate, explained that he wrote The God Particle to challenge stereotypes:

"Most Christian characters in movies or TV shows are one of two types- either the extremely stupid Christian who responds with bafflement to questions about their faith in a way that suggests that they have never thought about these issues before, or the angry Christian who responds to questions with rage or fury, as if questions and challenges are inherently bad and all disagreement must be shut down.

Either way, Christian characters on TV tend not be measured, reasonable, good-humoured and intelligent all at the same time. And many Christians I know are measured, reasonable, good-humoured and intelligent."

So he decided to write a play in which a scientist fires numerous questions at a vicar – who not only has some good answers but also a few questions of his own.

The resulting performance is a quirky mixture of comedy, theology and science fiction. Set between the village of Threepiggs and the nearby Institute of Advanced Quantum Theory, the play sees the Rev Dr Gilbert Romans and skeptical scientist Dr Bex Kenworthy thrown together by chance as they debate, joke and even solve a mystery. Bex argues that a good scientist would never close their mind on anything, whereas Gilbert contends that Bex has closed her mind on the scientific process – who will be proven right?

One of the key themes is what it means to have an open mind. Mr Cary said: "The feedback on the play so far is that it has been successful in this. But you and your friends, of course, can judge that for yourself."

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The God Particle Scottish dates:

  • 17 Feb Brightons Parish Church, FALKIRK
  • 18 Feb Dalziel St Andrews Parish Church, MOTHERWELL
  • 19 Feb St Andrews Cathedral, ABERDEEN
  • 20 Feb Steeple Church, DUNDEE
  • 21 Feb St Ternan's and Christ Church, BANCHORY
  • 23 Feb St Andrews Episcopal Church, ST ANDREWS
  • 24 Feb St John's Houghton with St Peter's Kingmoor, CARLISLE
  • 25 Feb St Andrew's Church, LEYLAND