Blessed Assurance

By Tony Earnshaw

Four friends. Two marriages.
One underlying struggle.
The conflict between principles and behaviour.

A dramatic reading of Tony Earnshaw’s new novel presented as a special dinner theatre event.

About the show

Tony Earnshaw – alongside a stellar cast, and with jazz band Greensand providing music – hosts an evening of dramatic readings from his novel.

Blessed Assurance tracks the lives, beliefs and relationships of childhood friends Tom and Pete, who become very different Anglican priests, and of Anne and Liza, the sisters they marry.

The production explores marital stresses and expectations, the place of faith in an increasingly rootless world, and the fate of independent investment firms in the city. We follow the story of Tom’s development from teenage Christian radical to liberal theologian, his shift from love-struck student to mature husband and his search for a meaningful faith in the 21st century.

The cast includes Darren Cheek, Debbie Christie and Brendan Murray, as well as actress-singer Maria McAteer, who performs a sumptuous, seductive soundtrack with jazz band Greensand.

Previous performances

Damn Cheek presented a world-exclusive dramatic reading of Tony Earnshaw’s new novel in October 2019 at The White Horse Hotel in Dorking.

We also presented an online dramatic reading via Zoom during the lockdown in April 2020. Read Tony’s blog post about the challenges of moving from live performance to online


Maria McAteer and Darren Cheek in Blessed Assurance

Maria McAteer singing ‘When I Fall in Love’ in Blessed Assurance, November 2019.

Blessed Assurance poster

Where next?

Watch this space...

We’ll post details of upcoming dramatic readings of Blessed Assurance here.

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Creative team

Darren Cheek

Director and ‘Tom Raistrick’ (October 2019 and March 2020)

Darren Cheek

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Debbie Christie

‘Anne Stewart’

Debbie Christie

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Tony Earnshaw


Tony Earnshaw

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Maria McAteer

‘Liza Stewart’

Maria McAteer

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Willie Elliott

‘Pete Ogden’ (October 2019) and ‘Tom Raistrick’ (April 2020)

Willie Elliott

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Brendan Murray

‘Pete Ogden’ (March and April 2020)

Brendan Murray

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