‘The God Particle’ comes to Leyland

The God Particle cast Josh Leese and Anna Newcome
The God Particle cast Josh Leese and Anna Newcome

A ‘romantic comedy sci-fi’ touring the country is coming to Leyland this week.

Written by comedy screenwriter James Cary, whose work includes two series of the BBC’s hit sitcom Miranda and episodes of My Hero and My Family, ‘The God Particle’ is a 75-minute one-act play.

Award-winning screenwriter James Cary

Award-winning screenwriter James Cary

It aims to explore the real meaning of faith, knowledge, love and the importance of keeping an open mind, and has been described as being ‘deep, smart and very funny’.

It features characters Rev Dr Gilbert Romans, the new local vicar, and Dr Bex Kenworthy from the Institute of Advanced Quantum Physics.

Their meeting produces a big-bang-chemical-reaction of entirely the wrong kind, but strange goings on in the village of Threepiggs force them to work together and find their common ground.

James Cary said: “I was inspired to write this play after hearing someone describe having faith as ‘irrational’.

“I decided to write a play in which a scientist fires numerous questions at a vicar who has some good answers, as well as a few questions of his own.”

Screenwriter James Cary

“I wanted to explore if it was indeed so.

“I wrote The God Particle mainly out of frustration.

“After experiencing numerous debates about Christianity in the media, I found that conversations were dry – or downright abusive.

“So I decided to write a play in which a scientist fires numerous questions at a vicar who has some good answers, as well as a few questions of his own.

“It’s a slightly odd mix of romantic comedy and science fiction, and despite their differences, the two characters find they have an awful lot to talk about.”

In a heart-warming, laugh-out-loud way, The God Particle takes science and religion seriously, with each challenging the other.

It is suitable for everyone, and particularly aimed at those aged 13 and upwards.

Among others, it will appeal to fans of Dr Who, The Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy and Rev.

It is being performed at St Andrew’s Church, Worden Lane, tonight (Thursday), at 8pm. Admission is free.