Padre X
Written & Performed by Marc A. Moir
Looking Glass Productions - Winnipeg, MB
V.9 - Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall 
2010 Fringe hit Padre X is back. This award-winning play features Marc A. Moir as John Weir Foote, the only Canadian chaplain to win the Victoria Cross during the Second World War. Foote was hero during the disastrous Dieppe raid and, choosing to stay behind with his men, voluntarily spent three years as a POW.
Padre X has received rave reviews from audiences and critics across Canada. See the play the critics have called "electric", "pitch perfect", "a beautiful performance" and "a pure triumph".
5 STARS - CBC
5 STARS - Winnipeg Free Press

Cast:
Marc A. Moir

 
Show Info:
90 Mins
Tickets: $12

Audience:
General
No Warnings
Thu July 20 9:00 PM
Sat July 22 3:15 PM
Sun July 23 6:45 PM
Tue July 25 12:00 PM
Wed July 26 5:00 PM
Thu July 27 12:00 PM
Sat July 29 8:30 PM

Padre X

Looking Glass Productions—Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall

This is theatre at its best. I saw this seven years ago which left me just enough time to want to treat myself again. This is for war and Canadian history buffs, serious theatre lovers and anyone with any taste. If you only see a handful of plays, make sure to include this. You are back in WWII, with a war-torn, Victoria Cross recipient, who happens to be the bravest of padres on his final journey home. Don’t you dare call him a hero. He is just a man. A man who thinks himself ordinary, but whom has performed the most extraordinary of deeds. He matter of factly relates tales of events that would crush the mettle of those of us who have enjoyed peace time. All the soldiers of WWII suffered catastrophic events, the harshest of situations, but none more so than the Canadian Forces that endured the massacre that was Dieppe. Only one in six survived. Our boys were sent to slaughter.

His performance is flawless and you cannot help but emotionally get swept up in his modest tale of the sacrifice made going back to help his abandoned comrades; and the resulting three years as a POW. He could have avoided these years by just staying on the retreating ship. The tortures they endured were unimaginable, but the spirit they managed to maintain, through sheer love of their brothers, is a lesson that needs to be retold. The small joys in irritating their German captors kept them sane. Forgive me for being sentimental, but I cannot regret the sacrifices these brave men and women made for us are being lost as they pass, and their story should be remembered. I don’t know how to express just how moving this is. Marc, you are my hero!

Lisa Campbell