On stage: Ogilvie's martyrdom

The Martyrdom of St John Ogilvie is currently touring Scotland, as part of Lentfest, the Archdiocese of Glasgow Arts Project's arts and music festival. Originally performed in 2012, the production forms part of the celebrations to mark 400 years since the Jesuit saint's death.

The play is written by Stephen Callaghan, who also plays the 17th century martyr. He has added a new prologue for the Ogilvie 400 anniverary. In it, people of different faith backgrounds meet at the Shrine of St John Ogilvie in St Aloysius Church in Glasgow and discuss who has 'ownership' of Ogilvie. A priest emerges from the shadows and is asked for his opinion: "That's easy," he says. "He was a Jesuit."

"Ogilvie's life has many messages for the people of God in Scotland today," says Stephen Callaghan. "Religious strife was a dangerous reality 400 years ago but still very complex. Ogilvie was arrested with a Presybterian who was helping him. What we want most to celebrate is his brave faith and this is the message we want people to respond to."Martyrdom of St John Ogilvie


The touring version of The Martyrdom of St John Ogilvie is one highlight of many events during March to mark Ogilvie 400. On Saturday 21 March, a conference is taking place at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow, which will explore the life of St John Ogilvie SJ and the Jesuit legacy in Scotland. It is being promoted jointly by St Aloysius College, Glasgow University and the Scottish Catholic Historical Association.

The full dates of the touring production of The Martyrdom of St John Ogilvie, which is being staged with the support of the Jesuits in Britain and the Bishops' Conference of Scotland, are as follows:

Thursday 12 and Friday 13 March, 7.30 pm – Scottish Youth Theatre, Old Sherriff Court Building, Brunswick Street, Glasgow

Saturday, 14 March, 7.30 pm – Our Lady of Good Aid Cathedral, Motherwell

Sunday, 15 March, 2.00 pm (Matinee) – Holy Cross Church Hall, Croy

Wednesday, 18 March, 7.30 pm – Our Lady & St George’s Church Hall, Penilee

Friday, 20 March, 7.30 pm – St Gregory’s Church Hall, Wyndford

Saturday, 21 March, 7.30 pm – St Mirin’s Cathedral Hall, Paisley

Sunday, 22 March, 7.30 pm – St Margaret Mary’s Church Hall, Castlemilk

Wednesday, 25 March, 7.30 pm – St Joseph’s Church Hall, Cumbernauld

Friday, 27 March, 7.30 pm – St Stephen’s Church Hall, Dalmuir

Saturday, 28 March, 7.30 pm – St Ninian Institute, Diocesan Centre, Dundee

Tickets £5 (under 16s £2). Tel: 0141 554 1333 or lentfest@agap.org.uk