The Rich and the Pure – St Mags Church.

The Rich and the Pure – St Mags Church.   PREMIER

‘A scandal that divided the land’s richest resort’

A film by Unleashed Community Drama

22nd May at 7.00pm – See below for booking details.

Unleashed Community Drama present their most ambitious project to date. This brand-new feature film was improvised and written during lockdown.

Based on the true story of how St Mary Magdalene’s Church, Torquay, came into being, it is a story of austerity in the richest resort in the land, set in the 1840s.  

The film weaves together the untold stories of the bread riots of Torquay and the cholera epidemic, whilst introducing a gallery of real-life, colourful characters from Torquay’s Victorian past. William Kitson, Lawrence Palk and Bishop Phillpotts all come back to life in this fascinating and educational film which records the scandal of appropriated pews which divided a town and revealed the enormous gap between the rich and the poor.  

Created and performed by a large cast of actors, all drawn from the ex-homeless and recovery community of Torquay, this uniquely ambitious project was filmed over six weeks in the actual locations where the history of the Bay unfolded.

Commissioned by St Mary Magdalene’s Church as part of its National Heritage Lottery Funded INSPIRE project, the film will be shown with a companion documentary, chronicling how the film came into being and recording how it changed from a Heritage Theatre piece into a fully developed costume drama with its own specially commissioned music score.  

Doors open 6.45 pm

Places are limited – Pre-Booking is essential using this link

The event will be Covid compliant. Sadly we unable to offer covid secure hospitality to the numbers coming. Please feel free to bring a drink with you.

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Culture Recovery Grant


I am delighted to announce that St. Mags was a successful applicant to the governments #CultureRecoveryFund so that we can continue to be here for our community in Torbay and be a #HereForCulture.
The grant of up to £13'800 assists us to help pay for essential staff till the spring, who enable us to open the doors of our historic church to the whole community. They are tasked by the fund to diversify our funding and grow networks in our community. It also provides for Covid compliant play equipment for families, PPE for staff and volunteers, perspex screens for the Living Room Cafe, Gazebo's outside to ensure social distancing if the cafe is too full and more.

With an unprecedented investment through the £1.57bn Cultural Recovery Fund, the government is #HereForCulture so it can weather the storm of coronavirus and come back stronger. 

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