|Culture||AUSTRALIAN PLAYWRIGHT REACHES VATICAN COMP FINALS|
Australian Dorothy Clayton is one of nine finalists selected in the International Competition of Religious Drama, one of the cultural initiatives aimed at celebrating the Great Jubilee Year 2000.
The Competition is sponsored by the Pontifical Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church and the Artistic-Cultural Commission of the Great Jubilee Year 2000.
Miss Clayton's play is called, "The Secret Rebellion" and covers some of the events in the life of James Stuart, the last Catholic King of England and Scotland.
In her letter submitting the play to the Pontifical Commission she said, "This play is a small gesture towards encouraging a re-appraisal of King James II the Catholic, and the true motives behind the 'Glorious Revolution of 1688' which left a legacy that is felt to this day, especially in the struggle in Northern Ireland."
Miss Clayton has had a long association with theatre and play-writing, particularly with The Genesian Theatre in Sydney. One of her earlier plays, entitled, "Bernadette" was the first religious play to be televised live in Sydney, in 1958.
Mrs Clayton is delighted to be among the selected finalists who are in the running for prizes totalling $A60,000. However, she did not enter the Competition for the money, she did not even know that a prize was on offer - her love of Catholic theatre was her motivation.
http://www.catholic.org.au 4:42pm 21/6/99