Sell-out historical drama Inigo gets transfer to Islington’s Pleasance

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It proved a sell out when it ran at Kennington’s White Bear Theatre. Now Inigo transfers to the Main House at the Pleasance Islington, for a three-week run.

Inigo (Ignatius of Loyola’s birth name), follows the life of the Basque-born nobleman and Christian revolutionary.

Set in 16th Century Europe where Christianity is at war, counter-reformation follows reformation, the founder of the Jesuits, Ignatius of Loyola, enters Rome as a radical reformer.

Inigo follows his transformation from ambitious, hotheaded, street-fighting hedonist with a lust for sensual pleasure and earthly glory to his conversion and subsequent adherence to the values of poverty, chastity, and obedience.

It charts the founding of his religious order The Companions of Jesus (known pejoratively as The Jesuits), which set him and the movement on a collision course with church and establishment, lasting through to the present day.

Although set in a specific historical period, Jonathan Moore’s story is also a contemporary allegory, a story of our times about anyone who demands change and meets with the savage opposition of those who have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo.

The Camino Ensemble’s cast of actors have worked with The Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare’s Globe, The Almeida, West End, TV, Film and Radio.

Cast: Charlie Archer, Fayez Bakhsh, Simon Haycock, Helena Northcote, Reggie Oliver, Paul Storrier, Elle Van Knoll and Scott Westwood.

After training as an actor and working professionally in modern and classical theatre, Paul Storrier entered a Benedictine monastery for seven years.

He recently left the order, but will play a Benedictine monk in the play.

The leading role of Ignatius of Loyola will be played by an actor of Yemeni Arab parentage who was raised a Muslim, Fayez Bakhsh.

Inigo runs at the Pleasance Theatre from May 25-June 13.

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