Thought-provoking drama at Buxton

This May Buxton Drama League presents a play that could have been taken from today’s headlines.

Shelagh Stephenson’s thought-provoking drama, Enlightenment tells the story of Lia (Karen Davies) and Nick (Robbie Carnegie), a middle-class, liberal-minded couple whose son, Adam, has gone off around the world on his gap year. Suddenly all contact stops.

Life for his family is a whirl of uncertainty. Where is Adam? What has happened to him? There are unanswered questions, imagined scenarios, different for each of them and growing ever darker. With all the leads drying up, they are prepared to go to any lengths to find him.

Then hope arrives, unexpectedly and unpredictably, and now a gripping rollercoaster of a plot turns the play into a psychological thriller, as it takes us on an exploration of the unpredictability of life and how to cope with the uncontrollable.

Enlightenment is a compassionate, thought-provoking and sometimes, surprisingly, funny play, and continues BDL’s tradition of tackling challenging drama. It is brought to Buxton by award-winning director Marie Straker with a cast of experienced actors which also includes Di Gordon, Emma Taylor, Barrie Goodwin and Dan Large.

Enlightenment runs at the Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton, from May 18-20 at 7.30pm. Tickets are available now from the Buxton Opera House Box Office on 01298 72190 or

Buxton Drama League is always looking for new members and will be holding auditions for its autumn production, Dracula on May 22 at the Old Clubhouse, Buxton and  May 26 at the United Reformed Church Hall, Buxton. For more details go to