Postcards from God is a colourful musical portrait of ‘art nun’ Sister Wendy Beckett, who became a household name in the nineties with her televised tours of the UK, Europe and America, spreading her homespun philosophy that ‘art is for everyone’. But as the reluctant pop icon swapped her humble mobile home for the caravan of fame, her simple life would never be the same again.
Written by Marcus Reeves, an early version was developed at BAC, with performances off West End at Jermyn Street Theatre (2007) and Hackney Empire Studio (2008) and songs from the 2010 Concept Cast Recording receiving airplay from Elaine Paige and Graham Norton on BBC Radio Two. The show has since been significantly reworked, with a revised script and new musical arrangements by Michael Roulston.
In 2018, South London Theatre revived the show with a sold out run which received praise from audiences:
‘This was divine’ - Tony Newton
‘A cracker of a show… I was thoroughly charmed’ - Anna Rubincam
‘Beautifully and lovingly made… imaginative and clever’ - Clinton Cormany
‘a fantastic musical… great script, great songs… a triumph!’ - Eddie Coleman
‘A fabulous evening all round. Nuns, art, witty and poignant songs… what a treat’ - David Carr
‘An intelligent script and delightfully layered songs… I even learned a little bit about art!’ - Celia Delaney
‘I’d been wanting to see this for years… uplifting in its simple messages about the way art transfigures the human experience in all its forms… a great pick-me-up’ - James Watts