Two plays by Mike Skeffington are to be premiered at Salford Arts Theatre tomorrow before possible exposure at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival later this year.
The first play, about the world's religious mess up, is called Judgement Day (Gods on Trial) and is set at the end of the world where Perry Jaxman is hosting the last Question Time of all time. His guests are Jesus, Allah (who sends Mohammad in his stead), Gaia (who represents Paganism) and the Devil. The guests are invited on stage, one at a time to give an account of themselves and their teachings. But will there be any Jeremy Kyle style punch ups, on stage or in the audience?
"Some might call it a swipe at religion and in some ways they'd be correct" says Mike "The theme of the play is to show the damage and misery religion has caused over the centuries. I must emphasise that I am not against religion per se, what I don't agree with is organised, or institutionalised religion.
"The play will hopefully give an insight into the absurdity and intolerance of the world's major religions" he adds "and encourage debate and questions on how humankind has allowed itself to be manipulated by superstition."
The second play's title, A.N.D., is actually D.N.A. backwards, and the action happens inside a test tube where three strands of D.N.A. – two human and one animal – are thrown together and go through several changes in appearance and personality and a variety of emotions like anger, fear, insecurity and hopelessness.
"The central theme of the play" says Mike "is a look at the moral and ethical issues of genetic manipulation and stem therapy in private hands. Hopefully it will make people think about the dangers of this kind of work being done without the strictest safeguards."
The evening kicks off at 6pm with Judgement Day and it's followed by A.N.D.
Salford Arts Theatre
Kemsing Walk, off Liverpool Street, M5 4BS
Near Clarendon Fit City
Box office: 925 0111
Further details on Salford Arts Theatre website