Amazing Grace 250 On 1 January 1773, in a small church in Olney, England the congregation sang a new hymn written by their minister to illustrate his New Year’s Day sermon. Two hundred and fifty years later, Amazing Grace is the world’s best loved hymn and one of the most-recorded songs of all time.
In this special anniversary year, we are delighted to invite you to share this remarkable story by hosting a performance of “Forever Mine.” Forever Mine is an original stage play and costume drama explorig the two great loves of John Newton’s life – his love for God and his love for “Polly” (his nickname for his wife Mary). Based on their love letters and on letters, diaries and historical writings, Forever Mine is a true story of separation and reunion, death and new life, loss and redemption. Although set in the 18th century, this moving narrative will resonate with modern audiences.
While focusing on Polly and Newton’s love story, Forever Mine also looks honestly at John Newton’s role in the slave trade even for six years after his conversion. It traces his slow journey to repentance and his later work supporting the campaign for abolition as mentor to William Wilberforce. Forever Mine elevates the lesser known voices of the abolition movement such as black writer Olaudah Equiano and the poet William Cowper.
About the team Living Breath Productions is a video and theatre production company founded by Susie Garvey-Williams and Ben Driver that brings the Bible to life with high quality videos of Bible passages – see www.livingbreath.co.uk. Susie Garvey-Williams is a professional actor who trained in Musical Theatre at SLP college, Leeds. She has been touring with various productions and performed in "12th Night Lite" at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2022 - a show which received a 4-star review from Theatre Scotland . Benjamin Driver is a videographer with a First Class Honours Degree in Television and Film Production and more recently touring with as Technical Director with a theatre company. The cast of Forever Mine are all professional actors. Forever Mine was written by mother-and-daughter team Ruth and Susie Garvey-Williams. Along with her husband Andrew, Ruth is the organiser of the annual Amazing Grace Festival in Buncrana, Co Donegal.
When will the tour take place? We will tour venues across Northern Ireland, Cavan, Sligo and Donegal between Saturday 18 and Friday 31 March. The tour finale will take place in Buncrana, Co Donegal on Saturday 1 April at the start of the 2023 Amazing Grace Festival.
Group Bookings: If you are unable to host a show, why not consider taking a group from your group to see “Forever Mine” at the venue nearest to you?
What does it cost? The full cost of an individual performance is £800 (currently approx €950). We would ask for a minimum deposit of £250 (€300) in advance. In the majority of cases, ticket sales or donations at the performance should fully cover all the costs.
What if we make more from ticket sales or donations? We would ask that any surplus from ticket sales or donations should be split 50/50 between your church (or chosen charity) and Living Breath allowing us to invest in taking the show to smaller venues .
What about promotional material? Living Breath Productions will provide a wide range of promotional materials for your church. These will include the video trailer and other teaser videos as well as print-ready posters, social media graphics and a draft press release.
How do we sign up?Email Us to discuss possible dates and details or to request further info.