Over the next hour, M and God get to know each other, and will jointly try and find answers to some large and small questions.
The original production of A Prayer was first co-commissioned and produced by Oran Mor as part of its A Play, A Pie and A Pint spring season 2010. The project was further developed at Northern Stage, Newcastle after winning the Title Pending Award, the award for the most innovative, thoughtful and intriguing proposal for a new piece of theatre. Published with Gods Are Fallen And All Safety Gone.
by Joyce McMillan
Dimitrijevic is a formidably thoughtful and talented writer; and if
it’s possible to shape such a tiny meditative fragment into a worthwhile
piece of theatre, then that’s what she has achieved, with this strange
theatrical act of prayer.
by Lyn Gardner, 5 June 2011 (Northern Stage, Newcastle)
A Prayer, told with charm by Scott Turnbull, touchingly puts its faith in the audience to set aside reason and just believe”.
by Gareth K Vile, Thu 08 Apr 2010
Selma Dimitrijevic is a rare living playwright who doesn’t make me
want to tear my ears off and throw them at the stage. In Sandy Grierson,
she has an actor who knows enough about physical theatre not to look
like he is beating time between the words. Clocking in at around half an
hour, A Prayer satisfies both my secular and spiritual desires,
capturing the complexity of a plea to God in an awkward, authentic,
Grierson’s M is a man in crisis. Lacking the strength to go on, he
prays to a God he doesn’t like much, or even acknowledge. When God turns
up – played with reticence by the audience – M argues, begs and finally
triumphs. For a play by an avowed atheist, it is a compelling picture
of a life dependent on faith, and the difficult process of prayer
Being short, it is focused. Dimitrijevic knows when to let the words
stop and the body take over. There is precision in the direction and an
abstract universality in the setting. The company, Greyscale, are heroic
in using the A Play, A Pie and A Pint format to explore both difficult
territory and experimental staging.