Agnes of God

Bolton Little Theatre, Hanover street, Bolton, BL1 4TG

Until May 19.

BOLTON Little Theatre’s decision to present this drama seldom seen on the amateur stage pays off in style as the cast hold us spellbound with an intriguing and thought provoking story.

Director Glenn Robinson has his finger on the pulse throughout, producing sterling performances from all three actresses.

June Grice is outstanding as Dr Livingstone, a court psychiatrist with her own demons to battle, who is given the unenviable task of unearthing what actually happened in a convent twelve months ago when young nun Agnes is accused of having murdered her newborn child. The doctor’s journey from professional to personal involvement is portrayed brilliantly in a commanding performance.

She is matched by Carol Butler in a powerful portrayal as Mother Superior Miriam Ruth, conveying empathy, anger and regret in equal measures. The trio is completed by Emma Toms as the virginal, disturbed and tortured Agnes — another powerful characterisation complemented by a beautiful singing voice.

The very effective set is perfect for the piece, complete with illuminated stained glass window, crucifix and appropriate wooden flooring and furniture, and costumes are just right for the period — 1976.

A must see— runs until Saturday, plus a matinee on Saturday at 2pm.

Peter Haslam