Mervyn Weir’s new musical ‘Here I Stand’ celebrates 500 yrs. of the Reformation

Five hundred years ago, German monk Martin Luther changed the course of religious history when he nailed his 95 theses challenging some practices of Catholicism on a church door in Wittenberg. Inspired by Luther’s brave action, London based playwright Mervyn Weir has written a musical drama, Here I Stand, which looks at the impact the Reformation started by Luther has had down through the centuries and explores what can happen when people take a stand for something.

The production Here I Stand, features gospel and modern songs, and challenges the audience around the theme of ‘protest’ as it effectively blends the iconic story of Luther with a contemporary twist.

Here I Stand will be staged at Logan Hall based in the heart of London on October 21 and Birmingham on October 28 and will feature Vadé a five-piece group who are one of the acts appearing in Sky TV’s forthcoming talent competition ‘Sing: Ultimate A Cappella’. Vadé are also part of the 15 member cast of actors and musicians.

Mervyn Weir, writer and director of Here I Stand stated, “When Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses on a church door I’m sure he didn’t realise how much that action would reverberate through the corridors of history. His actions highlight that when people take a stand, change can and does happen.

He continued, “Here I Stand uses Luther’s action as a backdrop to examine the concept of protest in our modern times. I believe Here I Stand will cause people to think, reflect and re-examine what it means to bring about transformational change in society by taking a stand.

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