The Saltmine Theatre Company presents AMAZING GRACE.
John Newton was born in 1725 in London to a Puritan mother who died two weeks before his seventh birthday, and a stern sea-captain father who took him to sea at age 11. After numerous voyages and a reckless youth spent drinking, Newton was press-ganged into the Navy at 19. He was later flogged for desertion whilst being miles away from the girl he loved. He felt desolate, isolated and had nothing to live for. Making his way in the harsh world of the eighteenth century transatlantic slave trade was tough yet, knowing no other, he persisted with it and climbed through the ranks to become slave ship captain.
Newton is a man without hope, making enemies of all he meets. One night, during a homeward voyage off the coast of Ireland, his ship was caught in a horrendous storm and was going down. Newton was facing certain death… and nothing is the same again. This is a powerfully moving story of slavery, freedom and the remarkable power of love and grace to transform a life. In 1772 Newton penned the words for “Amazing Grace” which has become one of the best known and loved hymns of the last two centuries.
When and where
Fri 24th June, 7.30pm at Christ Church, Tettenhall Wood, Wolverhampton, WV8 8NW.
Tickets £8 for adults, £4 for young people (not recommended for under 12s), or £20 for a family.
Call 01902 759752 or 01902 238988 or e-mail: info @christchurchtettenhallwood.co.uk for more information and to book tickets.