A Monk's Tale

A Monk’s Tale

Relics, Revolt and Reformation

Horrible Histories meets Monty Python in this hilarious new historical comedy from the award winning co-writer of Miranda, Bluestone 42 and Edinburgh Fringe 2013 hit The God Particle.

Who knew the Reformation could be so much fun?

In 1517, German monk Martin Luther pinned a debate proposal to his local church door – unwittingly setting off a chain of events which would lead to the European Reformation.

Written to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, A Monk’s Tale is a fast-paced hour-long gallop through the circumstances and causes which led to one of Europe’s greatest social and political upheavals. Using sketches and songs, the talented three-person cast lead us through a heady mix of corruption and crusades, popes and purgatory, sacraments and (burning at the) stakes, indulgences and indignation, and much much more – fuelled by the unstoppable social media of its day, the all-new Printing Press.

Witty and entertaining, with plenty of laugh out loud moments, this is Reformation history as you have never seen it before – suitable for all ages from 8 to 108 and for those of any faith or none!

Sunday 1st October 2017

7pm (doors open 6.30pm) at Holy Trinity Church, Churchill Gardens, Jesmond NE2 1HB. £10 Adults, £8 Concessions (includes refreshments). 

For tickets and further information contact: office@htj.org.uk or 0191 281 3399 or you can dowload a flyer here. You can also visit A Monk's Tale website, including the video trailer here.


"A great deal of silliness make for a hugely entertaining hour that revels in the absurdities of one of the biggest religious arguments in history." Damian Arnold, The Times

A Monk’s Tale was one of Mark Lawson’s top five Edinburgh 2017 Shows The Guardian

"I laughed a lot... energetically choreographed, and packed with lyrical wit... smartly-judged art." Christian Today


James Cary is an award-winning comedy writer for TV and radio, whose work includes Miranda, My Family, Bluestone 42, Another Case of Milton Jones, My Hero, Hut 33 and Edinburgh Fringe hit The God Particle (2013). He has been nominated for the Perrier Best Newcomer Award. James Sherwood is a musical stand-up comedian and comedy writer; his work for Radio 4 includes The Now Show and The News Quiz.


A Monk’s Tale stars a young lively cast comprising of Anna Newcome, Anna Nicholson and Cameron Potts. Anna (Nicholson) and Cameron are North Easterners and are looking forward to performing in their home town. Anna Newcome recently starred in the national UK tour for James Cary’s hit show The God Particle, praised by threeweeksedinburgh.com as ‘highly comical with moments of great hilarity... perfect for the Fringe’ and by fringereview.co.uk as ‘a stand-out sitcom style performance from an adept and likeable company’.