PRAYING with Irish comdian Jimmy Cricket is just one of the highlights of the varied life of a local chaplain.
Evangelist Ray Dadswell is the chaplain at four theatres in Eastbourne where he regularly visits the staff, backstage workers, performers and audience members to chat and listen to their needs.
As part of his role, Ray is often asked backstage to talk to the performers and his most recent invite came from the famous comedian Jimmy Cricket who had lunch at Ray’s house and a chance for prayer.
Ray said, “I knew Jimmy had a faith background, so I invited him for lunch. We talked about his career, his family and about his contact with local churches.
“He let me pray with him and his wife May and also for the show he is involved in and we all enjoyed the fellowship.”
Jimmy said, “Theatre chaplains do wonderful work. They are a confidant in the crazy world of show business. They bring an air of spiritual serenity. Without meddling they are there to soothe ruffled tempers and always with an arm outstretched to welcome and console people.”
Ray, who has worked with Christian charity Counties for 27 years, visits the Hippodrome, Devonshire Park, Winter Garden and Congress Theatres every week. He said, “Most people know me now when I pop in and it’s great to get to know people and be there for them.”