This one-man drama is poised to become one of the hits of the fringe.
The moment the lights come up on Marc Moir as Chaplain John Weir Foote, we are transported back to the Second World War. Moir, clad in a genuine vintage 1940s army uniform, captures his audience’s attention with a deceptive ease, and holds it for all 90 minutes.
His script (yes, he wrote it too) uses some clever devices to draw parallels between the present and the war years, as his character laments the fast-paced "today" (i.e. 1948) with the "innocent times" (pre-First World War) of childhood. His portrayal of Foote, his men (a company of British, Canadian and Scottish soldiers), and the enemy Germans under fire on the beaches of Dieppe will have you vividly seeing combat scenes. And his tearful, silent salute at the end of the story may be the single most striking moment of acting you’ll see at the fringe this year.
— Janice Sawka
From the official Fringe Festival guide:
Padre X is the amazing true story of WWII chaplain John Weir Foote, the only Canadian chaplain to win the Victoria Cross.
After displaying tremendous heroism on the fire-soaked beaches of Dieppe, Foote stayed behind and spent three years as a POW so he could continue to minister to the men in his care.
Warnings: Gunshots, Strobe Lights,
Onstage at the Playhouse (Venue 4), to Saturday