Belle Fontaine by Nicholas McInerny

An isolated religious community is a world of black and white certainty.

Everyone knows their role, their routine, their daily – and eternal – purpose.

Once a year that certainty is interrupted for one brief afternoon when a travelling salesman arrives with a briefcase full of colourful swatches – and an explosion of rainbow colours hints at the world outside. Only this year, the salesman arrives at a point of profound crisis. The leader of the community has just died, and this has plunged everyone into chaos. There is rebellion in the air. Younger members of the community are questioning its very purpose. There is the threat of schism, the threat of doubt. The community is desperate for a miracle.

But what is the colour of a miracle in a black and white world?

BELLE FONTAINE explores the pain of loss and the promise of change. What happens when obedience dissolves? How do you feed the soul then? What happens when your very community is being challenged and old certainties overthrown.

A man whose briefcase explodes with possibilities is suddenly the most dangerous threat to them all?

Because Every Moment Matters…

This performance takes place at the Waterloo East Theatre. Please see the Your Visit page for the address and directions.

Tickets will go off-sale online at 5pm, but may still be available on the door from the Waterloo East Theatre Box Office.

1hr 00m
Waterloo East Theatre
21 — 25 Feb 18:05
Suitable For All, Family Friendly
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About the company

Nicholas McInerny has over 75 professional credits, including writing 30 episodes of The Bill, four series of HOW TO HAVE A PERFECT MARRIAGE (BBC R4), and his most recent stage play, THE INCREDIBLE DOCTOR GUTTMANN. He is currently teaching Creative Writing at Westminster University, and managing the UK International Radio Drama Festival in Herne Bay (March 19 to 23). He is Co-Chair of the Radio Committee of the WGGB and a Trustee of Wayout Arts. He lives in Tooting with his husband, Jordan.

Claire Evans produces and directs. Most recently she has been directing for Paul Taylor Mills’ Summer Repertory season (2016 and 2017) at the Manor Pavilion, Sidmouth, Windsor Theatre Royal and the Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield. Producing credits include Me and Juliet and Bed and Sofa (Finborough), King John and Fair Em (Union Theatre), Storming the Barricade and Keep Smiling Through (devised, directed and produced for Edinburgh Fringe), Ladylogue #2 at the Tristan Bates for the Camden Fringe, Bette Davis on the Edge (London tour) and By My Strength (Women and War Festival).

Artistic Team
Written by
Nicholas McInerny
Directed by
Claire Evans
Production Graphic Designer & Photographer
Greg Veit