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‘Unsung Heroine’ – The Telling
October 13 @ 6:15 pm - 8:05 pm£1 – £13
Another of the several acclaimed recent Early Music biographical ‘concert-dramas’ created by playwright and singer Clare Norburn. Following her ‘Vision’ at a packed St Paul’s Worthing in March showcasing the first known female composer Hildegard of Bingen, ‘Unsung Heroine’ constructs the 12th century Provençal story of Beatriz de Dia, the first known woman troubadour – or singer-songwriter in today’s language!
Norburn’s London-based international Medieval group, The Telling, start ‘Unsung Heroine’ lines up with actress Anna Demetriou in the title role, Norburn singing, and instrumental experts Joy Smith and Giles Lewis providing harp and percussion, medieval bagpipes and fiddle. Plaintive balladeering and romping dance music with direction by Nicholas Renton (TV, movies), lighting by Natalie Rowland.
Beatriz, as well as enemies at court, has a tormented big love. “The music is gorgeous,” says Anna Demetriou. “Clare Norburn has written an honest memoir of a real woman in time, and her voice beautifully showcases these forgotten songs in history. It’s human, it’s truthful, it’s a bit funny sometimes, and it might change your opinion on how you deal with a devastating experience.”
Tickets from seetickets.com (https://www.seetickets.com/tour/-unsung-heroine-) or in person (cash) at Henry House, Heene Road, Worthing, or Anchored in Worthing, West Buildings.