By Jonathan Moore
Pleasance Theatre, London, May-June 2015
The life and struggles of St Ignatius Loyola – muscular Christian and all-round poster-boy for the Counter-Reformation – does not immediately suggest itself as a fit subject for a contemporary art-house play. Especially if the playwright is Jonathan Moore – radical director of great opera premières such as Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Greek and one-time collaborator with Joe Strummer of The Clash (younger readers please refer to Google...). Yet here it is, played out in the Pleasance theatre a step away from the hipsterism and designer beer of the Caledonian Road. We walk into the theatre from all this activity outside to suddenly find ourselves immersed in the power politics and theological controversies of early 16th century Spain.