Theatre Review: Faith - The Courtyard Theatre, London ✭✭✭

Directed by Drew Baker 

Friday 25th May 2012: Faith directed by Drew Baker is a seemingly dark play set in the midst of the Falkland’s War, where nightmarish contradictions face a group of soldiers at their base, a local farmhouse on the edge of a battle.

Ian Sharp plays the thoughtful yet seemingly cautious Sergeant Toby Spiers, who despite his experience and platoon commander ranking, wins little respect amongst his peers. It is clear from the get go that his relationship with the arrogant Lance Corporal, Adam Ziller (Stanley Eldridge) is a strained one, which becomes central to the story.

CharlieClements, MawganGyles & Alexander Wolfe
Photo by Francis Lone
The conflict that follows for the remainder of the play is not solely military but also a moral one; when the disturbing command to execute a captured American mercenary comes over the radio the characters begin to question not only the war, but their own personal beliefs.

Private Mick Pike, played by the instantly recognisable Charlie Clements (Bradley from Eastenders) gives a strong performance in the second act in particular. Although special credit should go to the cheeky Private, Finch played by Alexander Wolfe, who despite the harrowing circumstances leaves the audience chuckling at his child-like yet endearing take on the whole state of affairs.

The situation leaves the characters searching for answers, do you follow orders blindly or do you stop to decide what is actually right. Faith, is a thoroughly thought provoking play that questions well the nature of conscience and morality and English values. It cleverly leaves the audience to ponder what they would do...


Review by Rachel Toye

Faith is produced by Achilles Entertainments and PACM Entertainments Ltd. 


The Courtyard Theatre
Bowling Green Walk
40 Pitfield Street
N1 6EU

Wednesday 23 May - Saturday 16 June

Press Night: Friday 25 May at 7.30pm

Tuesday - Sunday at 7.30pm

Tickets: £15.00 £12.50 (concs)

Box office: 
0844 477 1000