Sun 13 Oct

The Telling ‘Unsung Heroine’ 6.15pm. St Pauls. £13 adults, £1 U-19s.

 

Before the record industry, before singer-songwriters, there were troubadours.

But back in the 12thcentury, this was considered no job for a lady, and budding Joni Mitchells were few and far between. Beatriz de Dia was the first female troubadour whose lyrics and music survived in written form. What drove her in a male profession, what life did she lead, what did she write about?

 

Now London-based medieval group The Telling has reconstructed Beatriz’s story in Unsung Heroine, a compelling concert-drama written and sung by singer and musicologist-playwright Clare Norburn.

 

Clare explains, “They were heady times in Provence, with plaintive songs and foot-stomping medieval dancing. Beatriz was instinctively creative and channelled her personal experiences into impassioned song. She was redoubtable and feisty but trapped in a loveless marriage. Then she meets fellow troubadour Raimbaut d’Aurenga and embarks on a passionate affair.”

 

The line-up also includes actress Anna Demetriou, accompanied by harp, percussion, fiddle and bagpipes, with Natalie Rowlands’ lighting and direction by Nicholas Renton.

Tickets from seetickets, Henry House or Anchored.

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