An all-new musical drama takes to the stage this weekend at the Erin Arts Centre in Port Erin.
The music and lyrics which make up Pathway to the Sun were written in the island over the past few years by pianist and harpsichordist Patricia Cullen, who last year released her Departures album, which charted the story of young girl in the 1920s, leaving home for the first time.
In Pathway to the Sun, the music is peppered with dialogue, co-written by director Sonia Callin, and the story spans the years from the end of the First World War through to the beginning of the Second World War.
It links the lives of five people from different places and very varied backgrounds, caught up in the maelstrom unfolding about them and describes how their lives are inevitably altered by the conflict.
Though the drama begins in Europe, the Isle of Man becomes inextricably linked with their lives, both by birth and death.
According to the writers, the drama attempts to show that reconciliation can only be achieved by a human capacity for love and friendship.
It will be premiered with an all-Manx cast of singers tomorrow (Friday September 27) and Saturday (September 28) evenings at the Erin Arts Centre, with performers Mandy Griffin, Paul Costain, Emily Coates – returning home from the UK – Denise Groenwald and Niall Howell-Evans accompanied by live instruments including piano, flute and saxophone.
Howell-Evans said the new cast has come together well in rehearsals.
‘We’re all quite chuffed, it’s not often you get a new character that’s never been played before,’ he added. ‘It’s a story of life and loss and love.’
The show starts both nights at 8pm. Tickets are £10, available from the box office on 832662.