The Telling

Friday 30 August

Venue: Opus Theatre


Tickets: £15, students £9.00 available below or from the venue

The 12th Century Amy Winehouse comes to Hastings

Unsung Heroine – a concert/play by Clare Norburn will be performed by

The Telling

Clare Norburn & Ariane Prüssner voices

Joy Smith harp, percussion

Giles Lewin medieval fiddle

With Anna Demetriou as Beatriz

Nicholas Renton director

Natalie Rowland Lighting Designer

A new show charts the secret life and love of the instinctively creative Countess Beatriz of Dia, as she channels dark personal experiences into impassioned song.

Troubadour Countess, Beatriz de Dia (1140-1212), most probably would have been regarded in a similar vein to Amy Winehouse if she had been alive today. Instinctively creative, like most people in the 12th century, Beatriz couldn’t write and so expressed her difficult personal experiences through passionate song which she improvised. A new show, Unsung Heroine, half concert/half play, blends history and fiction, taking you back to the heady atmosphere of 12th Century Provence with plaintive songs and foot-stomping medieval dances.

Unsung Heroine is written by playwright/singer Clare Norburn, with staging by acclaimed director Nicholas Renton (known for the BAFTA-nominated BBC production of Mrs Gaskell’s Wives and Daughters as well as Lewis, Musketeers and George Gentlyand starring Anna Demetriou (Pictured) who is best known for playing the young lead as a Viking princess in the cult film Viking Destiny as Beatriz.  She has moved from one feisty medieval woman to another. And Anna is also a singer-songwriter herself!

Unsung Heroine explores the secret life and love of the redoubtable Beatriz de Dia, a feisty woman troubadour trapped in a loveless marriage. Played by actress and singer-songwriter Anna Demetriou, Beatriz meets fellow troubadour Raimbaut d’Aurenga and they embark on a passionate affair. But Beatriz has enemies at court. As summer moves to autumn and events spiral inevitably towards their conclusion, Beatriz channels her feelings into her song A Chantar, the only troubadour song by a woman where both poetry and melody survived in notated form.

Distinctive medieval group The Telling are renowned for bringing you intimate “concert-theatre” pieces to transport you back to the Middle Ages through a collision of music and drama. Singers will perform numbers from around the church, moving around the audience, and the production is fully staged with lighting design by Natalie Rowland.

“this “concert-drama” devised by Clare Norburn is an entertaining celebration…. certainly deserves more life after this single London staging”

★★★★  The Times, Richard Morrison – January 2019

The Telling

Blurring the boundaries of what a concert is, distinctive medieval group The Telling brings you intimate “concert-theatre” pieces to transport you back to the Middle Ages through ballads, music, poetry and story-telling.

The Telling has a growing reputation for intimate, staged concerts to bring medieval music off the page and reach wider audiences. We create a different concert experience, combining ballads and upbeat instrumental dances with narrative, readings or film. We often perform some numbers while moving around the audience and using lighting and/or candlelight.​​

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