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AGAP e-newsletter: September 2020
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Dear Friends,

It's great to be back at the helm of AGAP after a long period of furlough.  We began developing some Online content after Lentfest had to be called off.  However, under the circumstances, we were unable to release it until now.   

In this newsletter, you'll find links to several Online items, including: a virtual tour of the Lentfest Art Exhibition on "The Sea" and full-length videos of AGAP's past hit productions "The Martyrdom of Saint John Ogilvie" (2015) and "Sign of Contradiction: The Passion Story" (2019). Also, a brand new video of John Cairney's "A Glasgow Calvary: Stations of the Cross" read by AGAP performers.  

I would like to personally thank everyone that sent messages of support to AGAP or expressed their appreciation for the work we do when Lentfest was cancelled. It means a lot to know that Lentfest was so missed by so many people.  We aim to continue to deliver a programme of public activities as soon as we are able to do so safely. In the meantime, I hope that you enjoy these virtual offerings. 
 
With love and prayers for the peace, health and wellness of you and your loved ones,

Stephen Callaghan
Creative Director
In this edition...
  • VIRTUAL AGAP THEATRE PERFORMANCES
    • SIGN OF CONTRADICTION: THE PASSION STORY (2019)
    • THE MARTYRDOM OF SAINT JOHN OGILVIE (2015)
  • VIRTUAL EXHIBITIONS
    • LENTFEST 2020: THE SEA
    • LENTFEST 2012: VIA CRUCIS - VIA LUCIS
    • A GLASGOW CALVARY BY JOHN CAIRNEY
  • NEWS
    • LENTFEST LAUNCH AT AGAP'S NEW BASE
    • FAITH IN FOCUS AS FILMMAKERS UNITE AT LENTFEST
VIRTUAL AGAP THEATRE PERFORMANCES
The following productions have been made available to view online.  Nothing beats live theatre but we hope that you will enjoy these video recordings of two plays that were very popular during previous Lentfests.
AGAP Theatre Presents: "Sign of Contradiction: The Passion Story" (2019) Written & Directed by Stephen Callaghan. Full Play: free to view online.
AGAP Theatre Presents: "The Martyrdom of Saint John Ogilvie" (2015) Written and Directed by Stephen Callaghan.  Full Play - free to view online.
VIRTUAL AGAP ART EXHIBITIONS
First seen during Lentfest 2014, John Cairney's 'A Glasgow Calvary' depicts the Stations of the Cross at geographical crosses throughout the City of Glasgow. Accompanied by the artist's own meditations read by AGAP community actors. This half hour video will take you prayer fully through the story of Christ's Passion, Death and Resurrection. 
Take a Virtual Tour of the Lentfest 2020 Art Exhibition on "The Sea".  Many thanks to all of the artists that took part.
Images from AGAP's 2012 Exhibition on the Via Crucis and Via Lucis. In 2012, AGAP invited a broad range of artists to interpret the Way of the Cross and the Way of Light. Here is a look at the results.
AGAP NEWS STORIES
Lentfest Launch at AGAP's new base
Prior to the unforeseen events of the lockdown which brought Lentfest 2020 to a halt, the festival got off to a good start with a brilliant Shrove Tuesday launch celebration at AGAP's new home parish; St Robert Bellarmine, Househillwood on Glasgow's south side.  The evening consisted of a vibrant programme that gave a preview of events.  Music was provided by The Silver Keys, a clarinet quartet who were scheduled to perform at St Joseph's, Milngavie later in the festival.  Guests were also treated to the preview of an excerpt from AGAP's new touring theatre production, "Star of the Sea" and the exhibition on "The Sea".  All of this was served up with pancakes and refreshments courtesy of St Robert's Parish.  Parish Priest, Fr Jim Dean welcomed AGAP and guests along with parishioners and expressed his enthusiasm for the Project, mentioning the positive response of parishioners to the possibilities for activities that lie ahead.  Archbishop Emeritus Mario Conti invoked God's blessing on all of the artists and volunteers involved in the festival, and Stella Maris Regional Port Chaplain, Deacon Joe O'Donnell, explained the significance of the forthcoming centenary celebrations, reflected in the theme of the play and the exhibition.  The play "Star of the Sea" will be rescheduled to take place in 2021. (Photos by Zachary O'Neill)
Faith in Focus as Filmmakers Unite at Lentfest
The Eyre Hall played host to an array of talented filmmakers, as the first Film & Faith Forum took place at Lentfest.  AGAP has a long tradition of embracing film as a medium for the communication of faith ideas.  The pilot for Lentfest, which took place in 2007, brought together a panel of experts from film academia and faith to discuss Mel Gibson's controversial film, "The Passion of the Christ". Since then, as well as film-based workshops for schools and parishes, AGAP has run a monthly Film & Faith Club since 2012, which continues to attract a wide audience at various stages in their faith journey.
Lentfest's "Faith in Film Forum" was presented by filmmakers from three different companies, who talked about the inspiration behind their work, screened short films and clips, and took questions from the audience.  Alastair Marshall of Slybacon Productions talked about being an independent filmmaker and the impact that his faith has had upon the films that he has made, such as "Why?"; John-Patrick Mallon of Sancta Familia Media talked about their work as a ministry within the communications wing of the Catholic Church; and Iain Morris of Kharis Productions talked about his international work on "Exploring the God Question" and a forthcoming major film release, "Against the Tide".
AGAP Creative Director, Stephen Callaghan, added, "We will always have an active interest in film at AGAP.  As a graduate of theatre, film & television studies, it is a subject that I am passionate about. We had several enquiries from other filmmakers interested in being part of the day but it was too late to add them to the programme.  Perhaps the Faith in Film Forum is something that we can revisit."
AGAP Film & Faith Club remains on hold for the time being along with AGAP's other public activities.
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