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A brand-new musical from Red Ladder Theatre Company, about a young Iranian man seeking sanctuary in a Northern town.

30 September


The McCarthy

1h 50m


When Alland, a young Iranian man, begs to be given sanctuary at St Mary’s church in a Northern town, it sparks a mixed reaction with the community. Some call for his protection. Others for his removal. Molly, a young worker at the church, joins forces with vicar Fiona to try to protect Alland, resisting both the angry vigilantes and the hard-hearted authorities beyond the church walls.

A brand-new musical that welcomes us in and asks: 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 at a time when not all strangers are welcomed.

Come on in – the Service is about to begin…

Age guidance: 12+


Red Ladder Theatre Company in collaboration with Theatre Royal Wakefield & CAPA College

Book, music and lyrics: Sarah Woods and Boff Whalley 

Director: Cheryl Martin




30th September




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