Starting from this Saturday night, Fola Productions will tell a tale of two women in their sixties on a journey of self-discovery as they recognize desires and battle their faith.
God Is My Man… A Struggle of Faith and Desire, written by Ian Walcott-Skinner and directed by Thom Cross, stars veteran Barbadian actresses Cecily Spencer-Cross and Sade Leon Slinger-Folkes.
The story follows the friendship of a returning national and a sheltered Barbadian woman who become fast friends at a critical juncture of their lives and find themselves in each other along the way.
The play, which runs every Friday and Saturday during the month of October at the Daphne Joseph Hackett Theatre, will speak to the struggle between faith and personal desire, discuss important topics such as rape, abuse, breast cancer, sexual health and delve into the struggles of aging as a woman.
This inaugural production by executive producers Spencer-Cross and Slinger-Folkes was inspired after Folkes had a conversation with a lady who said she had devoted her life to God and would no longer be engaging in sexual activity.
“When she said that, it impacted on me and I kept thinking about this and the impact this could have on society. There are many women who say things like “I call in, I call out, I done with that, it is only God for me,” Slinger-Folkes told Bajan Vibes.
She was shocked by the hypocrisy of the statement as some persons expressed a commitment to their faith but still engaged in ungodly desires.
Slinger-Folkes revealed that patrons can expect to be emotionally triggered on opening night this Saturday.
There will also be an art exhibition 45 minutes before the play showcasing artwork by Jefferson Folkes and Thom Cross which will explore themes from the play.
“It entertains, it informs, but it is an emotional ripper. It also can make you cry. It is one of the most beautiful productions I have done,” Slinger-Folkes said.
She added that she hoped persons would realize that they have a still responsibility to themselves as well as their religion
“Even though we call ourselves believers, Christians… we still have a responsibility to take care of ourselves and each other, even though we go to the church… I believe that the God I serve wants me to be my best and have the best of whatever there is, including sex,” she added.
The play will premiere at 8 p.m. on Saturday October 13, 2018.