Written by Patrick Gabridge
Directed by Rebecca Bradshaw
Review by Gillian Daniels
WARNING: Scenes of torture.
(Boston) I’ve always been skeptical of the “martyr” concept but enjoy it when it’s depicted well. A martyr trades one life for an immortal one, living beyond death through the ideas he championed in life. He’s not always a hero and he doesn’t always come from a selfless place, but he sacrifices himself all the same.
In Patrick Gabridge’s Fire On Earth, William Tyndale (Bob Mussett) works to translate the Bible into English. It’s 1524, King Henry VIII is contemplating divorce from his first wife, and the Catholic Church has a stranglehold on the Latin Bible. The Church decides when it’s read, who’s able to understand it, and what it means to the largely illiterate English masses. Religion isn’t personal, it’s a business. Mussett’s Tyndale, with a blissful naïveté in his face, opts to preach with his new translation. Sir Thomas More and the bishops are not pleased. Continue reading