The life of a young Scottish girl, destined one day to become a Saint, is to be portrayed in a one-person drama at the St Ninian Institute, 24-28 Lawside Road, Dundee on Saturday 6th May. ‘The Story of Margaret Sinclair’, written by Stephen Callaghan, recounts the life and death of a young factory worker and trade unionists who became a nun. The play was commissioned by the Archdiocese of Glasgow’s Arts Project and was premiered to great acclaim at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe.
Margaret, daughter of dustman Andrew Sinclair, and one of a family of six, lived only 25 years, dying in 1925. She was declared “Venerable” by the Catholic Church in 1978 and her cause for beatification and canonisation continues today. On his visit to Scotland in 1982 Pope John Paul II said: “Margaret could well be described as one of God’s little ones, who through her very simplicity, was touched by God with the strength of real holiness of life.”
The part of Margaret in the play will be taken by local Dundee girl, Rachel Murray, a parishioner at the city’s St Pius X church. Rachel is one of ten brothers and sisters and has worked abroad in the Philippines and in London but has now returned to her native city.
Rachel represented Dunkeld Diocese when she attended the World Youth Day in Krakow last summer. During her time in Poland she visited the home of Pope John Paul II. Said Rachel, “He was a great actor, playwright, poet and theologian and Pope and now Saint who had a huge heart for young people, has a special place in my heart.”
Stephen Callaghan has written a series of dramas, based on scripture stories, which have been published by Dundee’s St Ninian Institute. Director at St Ninian’s, Mr David Meiklejohn said, “These unique publications are of particular interest to high schools, colleges and universities. Further details are available from www.stninianinstitute.ac.uk.”
The drama, is being presented in association with the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh – and tickets (£7 adults; £5 concessions) are available at the door, or by calling 01382 225453.
This event is one a series of arts events at the St Ninian Institute which also includes an exhibition, 3-17th June, of Celtic and Pictish Art by Blairgowrie artist, Larry Scrimgeour.