REHEARSALS IN ANCYRIA
Jo and another wild woman of Norfolk (Boudicca) rehearsing the show in our front room.
THE GIN TRAP INN RINGSTEAD, APRIL 10, 7.30 pm. £6
MARRIOTT'S WAREHOUSE, KING'S LYNN, FRIDAY APRIL 11, 7.30 pm £7.50
Jo and Tom perform The Prick of Love here
GREAT MASSINGHAM SOCIAL CLUB APRIL 21 (EASTER MONDAY) £6 members free
Fifth round. I love this venue. It helped we had more stage room and a bigger audience, which included old and young faithfuls and (as on every tour) further new faces, and even some Everton supporters which was never on the business plan but will be from now on. Finally got the Boudicca right.
ANTEROS MUSIC ROOM, NORWICH THURSDAY 24 APRIL 1 pm* (matinee) £5
Quarter final. The most attractive space of the tour to date, staged amid the rafters and mullioned windows of this beautifully restored Tudor building. This was a lighter version of the show, trimmed to a comfortable lunchtime 45 minutes and with no interval. (Actually an hour but no-one had to leave) And a lighter look to match.
Jo and Tom paid suitable homage to the spirit of Agnes Leaman, whose ducking stool was a stone's throw from where Jo sang her song.
OLIVER CROMWELL HOUSE, ELY, THURSDAY 24 APRIL 7.30 pm £7.50
The band putting the wild in wild women...
THE BICYCLE SHOP, NORWICH, SUNDAY 27 APRIL 7.30 pm £7.50
The Cup Final. Job done.
The show celebrates women who defied empires; gave their hearts to poets and lost their heads to kings; endured the ducking stool; confronted a corrupt education system and, in the case of burgess’s wife turned visionary Margery Kempe of Lynn, challenged the entire basis of mediaeval society. (Oh and we give some ‘witches’ the chance to put their side of the story too.)
"Calway performs his own dramatic and lyrical verse, the poetry of Elvis Costello and joins Joanna Swann in a stand-off between Margery Kempe and her dubious scribe, a preview of the large Marriott's Warehouse Trust production Margery Kempe of Lynn coming to Lynn's historic waterfront on August 2 and 3. The music includes exciting new performances of traditional material, three new Calway-Conway songs, two from Margery Kempe of Lynn, and three Swan-Conway Familiars favourites. Hear a recording of rehearsal of The Prick of Love, one of the show songs here- http://youtu.be/gilJjVtamfY "
The set (correct at time of going to press) (Familiars music *)
• The Clash Between Boudicca And Rome (punk storytelling)
• The Shaming of Agnes Leman*
• Martyred Heart*
• Dr of Physik*
• Norfolk Girl
• Rise Of An April Leaf
• The Ballad of Anne Boleyn and the Burglar (Blicking Hall ballad)*
• Green Shirt (E Costello lyric)
• Homage to Fanny Burney
• Sons of Clovis*
• Witches' Reel*
• Lady of Walsingham
• Nut Job In A Nutshell: Ye Norwich Press Interview Mother Julian
• Margery Kempe of Lynn 1 – The Prick of Love*
• Margery-Priest dialogue
• Margery Kempe of Lynn 2 – The Crown of Thorns*
See Margery in the national press: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/mar/20/margery-kempe-first-autobiographer-digitised-british-library#start-of-comments