Religious conflict in Jonathan Moore’s Inigo at White Bear Theatre


With radical religion being very much in the news, Inigo is a fascinating story of a man who stops at nothing in the fight for what he believes is right.

Inigo, written and directed by Jonathan Moore, is set in 16th Century Europe – Christianity is at war, counter-reformation follows reformation and the founder of the Jesuits, Ignatius of Loyola enters Rome as a radical reformer.

This riveting drama follows the life of the Basque-born nobleman and Christian revolutionary from ambitious hot-headed, 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 (The Jesuits) and set him on a collision course with church and establishment which has lasted to the present day.

This is a story of a man who stops at nothing in the fight for what he believes is right. It 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.

Inigo, opening at Kennington’s The White Bear Theatre next week, has a cast of actors whose experience includes The Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare’s Globe, The Almeida, West End, TV, film and radio.

Cast: Hilary Tones, Timothy Block, Paul Thomas Lyons, Fayez Bakhsh, Elle Van Knoll, Tom Kay, Tom Durrant Pritchard, and Matthew Howell.

After training as an actor and working professionally in modern and classical theatre, Paul Thomas Lyons, 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 and raised a Muslim, Fayez Bakhsh.

Jonathan Moore is an award winning actor, writer and director. As an actor he has played leading roles at the RSC, Royal Court, Donmar, Royal Exchange and on TV.

He has directed theatre and opera world premieres at the Almeida, Donmar, Royal Exchange, Shakespeare’s Globe, Gate, English National Opera, Covent Garden and La Fenice in Venice.

Inigo runs from February 3-28.

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