Fractalight at St Laurence; Question Time

Image Credit: Fractalight

St Laurence Church, The Shambles, Stroud, GL5 1AP


Friday 23 March 2018
19:00 - 23:45
Opening Hours: 19:00-23:45
Admission Fee: £5
Booking recommended
Book online or tickets on the door

What is the meaning of true wealth?

Two millenia after the death of St Laurence, we propose a debate on the contemporary definitions of true wealth.

The format will be for each to speak in turn about their understanding of what true wealth consists and then open the panel to questions from the floor.


Polly Higgins – environmental lawyer

Lotte Lyster – Director at The Marshall Rooms, Director at Stroud Fringe, Proprieter at The Albert

Simon McBurney – actor, writer, director

further panelists tbc

The story of St Laurence: The Christian Church had been outlawed by Emporer Valerian, Pope Sixtus executed and Laurentius deacon and treasurer of the parish of Rome was summoned by the Prefect to bring in all the wealth of the church. He stalled for time and in those three days set about distributing the content of the coffers to the poor, sick and needy. Then he appeared before the Prefect with a small retinue of indigent and said ‘Here I bring you the true treasure of the church’.

Needless to say this was not well received and he was burnt alive over a griddle, apparently summoning the wit to say, ‘ You can turn me now, that side is done’. Thus becoming the patron saint of stand-up comedians. Laurence was canonised and centuries later the Parish church of Stroud consecrated in his honour.

Doors and bar open at 7pm
Questions from 7:30pm

£5 – advance tickets. 

£6 – on the door.

Cash only at the bar.

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