You've Got to Have a Dream: the Theology of the Musicals

27th April - 29th April 2018



Building on 25 years of teaching the world’s only university course on the theology and spirituality of musical theatre, Ian Bradley explores the extent to which modern musicals focus on deep ‘God talk’ as well as moral, spiritual and pastoral issues and how they have helped people shape their beliefs. Among the musicals considered are The Sound of Music, Fiddler on the Roof, Godspell, Joseph, Jesus Christ Superstar and Les Misérables. Participants will be invited to share their own favourite songs and moments from musical theatre and to take part in singalongs. There will also be screenings of Godspell and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Ian Bradley grew up in South East England and has lived in Scotland for the last 24 years. Educated at Oxford University, he was for eight years a features writer on The Times. He has also been head of religious broadcasting for BBC Scotland and has taught at Aberdeen University. He is currently Reader in Church History and Practical Theology in the School of Divinity at St Andrews University, associate minister of Holy Trinity Church, St Andrews and honorary Church of Scotland chaplain at St Andrews University. He is a frequent broadcaster and contributes regularly to the Guardian, Tablet, the Church Times and History Today.

Residential prices start from £230, non-residential from £160. Discount rates for clergy and students apply.

For more information or to book, please call 01244 532350 or email enquiries@gladlib.org.