Synopsis:To the Ends of the Earth - The story of St. Patrick of Ireland
“To the Ends of the Earth” tells the true story of Patricius a young Roman noble who was to become the most prominent figures in Irish history.
The first section of the story follows the life of Patricius from his early years in Britain, his capture and enslavement by Irish raiders, his years spent as a shepherd on the western coast of Ireland to his escape and journey home. The story then reveals how Patricius is inspired to return to Ireland to spread the new religion of Christianity among the Pagan peoples of the island.
In the second half of the story we see how Patricius, now known by his slave name of Patrick returns to Ireland and immediately encounters strong resistance from the ruling Pagan authorities. Patrick’s strong personality and his fearless example soon win him favour with the people and his popularity begins to spread. The only way for Patrick to ensure the lasting success of his mission is to enlist the support of the feudal leaders - the tribal kings at whose head sits Leogaire, the high king of Ireland. Patrick’s struggle to free the people from the control of their Pagan priests and unite the island in peace is an epic journey which sees him facing deceit, betrayal, constant danger and the death of some of those closest to him.
The piece is historically accurate in accordance with the most modern historical research on the subject. All the names, dates, events etc are true - with some dramatic embellishment.
The potential audience for the piece is huge. Over 45 million Americans are of Irish decent and over 80 million people worldwide. St. Patricks day is celebrated in every country in the world with parades and celebrations as far afield as Japan, Australia, Argentina and the Caribbean.
The complete work is approximately three hours long and as such could be presented as either two ninety minute pieces or three one hour pieces.