Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion adapted for the stage
Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion is being adapted into a stage production that has been described as a cross between an “atheist support group and watching a great stand-up”.
The book has been adapted by Thomas Moore, artistic director of the Chorlton Arts Festival, where it will receive its premiere in May.
He said: “The only way to describe the show is a light-hearted journey through the sound reasoning that the book so brilliantly details. It’s somewhere between an atheist support group and watching a great stand-up comedian. We hope that when people leave the show they feel changed.”
He told The Stage that he had first had the idea for the stage adaptation after seeing Richard Dawkins at the Nottingham Playhouse in 2015.
“After hearing Richard talk I immediately devoured the book and couldn’t get the idea of putting it on stage out of my mind. Fast forward three years and suddenly I find myself in a position where I am looking for that perfect project for Chorlton Arts Festival that is going to give us an opportunity to really look at the status quo and ignite a conversation,” he said.
He added: “So I head to my bookcase (as that’s where brilliant ideas start) and staring up at me was The God Delusion. I get in touch with Richard and tell him my bonkers idea of bringing a scientific non fiction book to the stage and the rest is history.”
Dawkins said he was “thrilled to see The God Delusion come to life on stage for the first time” and for the message of the book to be given a “new lease of life in this exciting way”.
Cast and creative team have yet to be announced for the 90-minute show.
The God Delusion will be staged at the Blue Box Theatre in Chorlton from May 18 to 26.