Bishop of Durham to host soap drama performances at Sunderland Minster

Bishop of Durham Paul Butler
Bishop of Durham Paul Butler
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A CHAT show with a difference will be staged in Sunderland to champion stories of hope and confront the toughest of issues.

The Bishop of Durham, the Right Reverend Paul Butler, will front the The Gap, alongside the Footprints Theatre Company, as a series of mini “soap” dramas are put on at Sunderland Minister.

Each take on a different theme over the five days, with evening shows to include an invited guest with special interest in the subject matter.

The free events will explore food, image, money, life, death and relationships, with Bishop Paul and guests to debate some of the key issues facing the church and society. Bishop Paul said: “Exploring some big questions in a topical and contemporary way allows people to understand and immerse themselves in the good news, in a way that brings it to life.

“I’m really looking forward to it.”

The sessions will include music and the chance to put questions to the panel.

The shows start on Tuesday, January 27, centring on food, with Margaret Vaughan, former CEO of Traidcraft, to take part.

Image will be the subject matter on the Wednesday, when the guests will be Martin and Mel Stand of Darlington Area Churches Youth Ministry.

Money will be discussed on Thursday, when Lesley Richardson, CEO of Prince Bishops Community Bank, will join the Bishop.

Life and death will be talked through on Friday, when Ruth Plummer, oncologist to Sir Bobby Robson, will feature.

Relationships will be the subject matter on Saturday, with social activist Matt Wilson.

Lunchtime events last half an hour, starting at 12.15pm, with sandwiches available. Evening events are longer, starting at 7pm, refreshments available.