In the beginning

In the Beginning…

by David Heidenstam

a stage play set in the Garden of Eden

“…the whole gamut of human experience is here… loneliness, sexuality, morality, hierarchy, wit and hypocrisy.” Review by Roger Kohn in Virginia Water Magazine.

  • God and Satan have been alone – and one person
  • The universe just the play of their united mind.
  • Now God has decided to separate ‘good’ from ‘evil’
  • And the battle requires a battlefield…

“Eve leads humanity from mythology into morality. In reaching that decision, she has already had to take on the knowledge of good and evil. But, inevitably, she cannot foresee all the consequences.” David Heidenstam

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Reactions to the original 1980s script:

“a lovely play”

Michael Fox of Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre Company


“One of the most arresting openings I can remember for some time…”

Alan Strachan of the Greenwich Theatre


“a funny, fluently written and well-constructed play.”

Graham Whybrow of the Royal Court


“The staging of this play would be a challenge, and director and designer would accept with glee. It is imaginative, intelligent and vastly amusing… God’s smugness is riveting and Satan, wary, enigmatic and sceptical, is obviously the centre of the play… Eve.. is sharply defined, clever and very much in control… a play with tremendous potential.”

Reader’s report for the New Playwrights Trust


A recent review:

“…reimagines the first chapters of the book of Genesis with wry humor… [It] evokes sympathy for the Devil with a clever combination of naturalistic action, humor, and engaging, thoughtful dialogue… [Eve’s] compassion for Satan turns the moment when she and Adam eat the apple from humanity’s greatest failure… In Heidenstam’s telling, Eve is not tricked; rather, she makes a moral choice… A feast of challenging ideas for those who are willing to taste of it.”

Bryon Reiger, Rain Taxi, Volume 25 Number 2 Summer 2020 (#98)


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Paperback, 132pp: ISBN 978-0-9955934-2-8
Kindle ebook: ISBN 978-0-9955934-3-5

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