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.”