The legendary life and martyrdom of St. Cecilia is brought to life in a new audio drama by the Augustine Institute Radio Theatre. Called Ode to Saint Cecilia the new audio drama was written and directed by Paul McCusker, who has a long history of award-winning audio dramatizations.
The six-part drama features an all-star cast of voice actors including Hayley Atwell (most well known for her role as Agent Peggy Carter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as well as Ella’s mother in Disney’s Cinderella), Harry Lloyd (Game of Thrones, The Theory of Everything), and Jamie Parker (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Valkyrie), among a full cast of top-notch actors.
The voice actors are able to breathe new life into this second century saint and the story is captivating throughout. McCusker decided to frame St. Cecilia’s life with artists from different time periods who all had a connection to St. Cecilia. It helps bring the listener into the story and connect with it in a unique way.
Ode to Saint Cecilia is a truly remarkable piece of living history, giving the audience a glimpse into what it was like living in Rome during the Christian persecutions. It also adds another dimension to the life of St. Cecilia and makes her more human, relatable and real. She is not some stale picture on the wall or piece of cold marble, Cecilia was a living person who led a heroic life, paying the ultimate sacrifice for her faith in God.
This new audio drama gives you a greater appreciation for St. Cecilia and her legendary connection to music. It would make a perfect gift to any musician or artist.
In the end, Ode to Saint Cecilia is a perfect addition to the Augustine Institute’s growing library of audio dramas. In the past year the Augustine Institute has released Brother Francis and The Trials of St. Patrick, which features the voice of actor John Rhys-Davies. All of these audio dramas are truly masterfully written and produced. Their quality is superb and helps the story come alive.
If you are interested in this amazing audio drama, check out the promotion video below and then listen to a sample here.
Wikipedia Photo of Hayley Atwell by Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 3.0,