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I, Spie: the imagined story of John Dowland within the espionage underworld

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The Mount Hotel

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Tettenhall Wood

Wolverhampton

WV6 8HL

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The imagined story of John Dowland, as he combines his life as a court musician/composer with the Elizabethan espionage underworld.

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This spell-binding new “concert-play” by Clare Norburn follows renaissance composer and lutenist John Dowland as he combines his life as a court musician/composer with the Elizabethan espionage underworld. (Think Spooks, 16th Century style.) But ultimately, John's fate is in your hands as you'll vote on how the show should end.

Directed by BBC TV's Nicholas Renton (BAFTA-nominated Mrs Gaskell's Wives and Daughters)

"What is most impressive about Norburn’s conception is the way that the various strata and elements combine and cohere so effortlessly. Past and present, truth and fantasy, real and imagined come together in a tightly knit and intimate drama." Opera Today

Clare Norburn has become known for her innovative concert-plays, where music and theatre collide. In I, Spie, the story of John Dowland is accompanied by Elizabethan tavern, street & courtly music performed by Norburn's music group The Telling.

"Inclusive... non-pretentious... I really wish all 'classical' (for want of a better word) concerts were like this" Morning Star

Ahead of the show, you'll be invited to crack the all-important code.

“mesmerising” The Guardian

Dominic Marsh​ as John Dowland

Danny Webb as The Man (Sir Robert Cecil / Philippes / Father Scudamore / Topliffe, the torturer)

Alice Imelda as The Woman (Maria / Future Mrs Dowland / Elizabeth I)

The Telling:

Clare Norburn, soprano

Emily Baines, recorders/bagpipes

Giles Lewin, fiddle/bagpipes

Alison Kinder, viols/recorder

Jamie Akers, lute/cittern

Directed by Nicholas Renton

Written & produced by Clare Norburn

Lighting Designer Natalie Rowland

Supported by a grant from Continuo Foundation and Angel Early Music.

Our priority is to make our concerts as accessible as possible, therefore we don't limit Concession tickets to those of a certain age, but leave it up to your discretion as to what you can afford. We are a small arts organisation and need all the monetary (and otherwise) support we can get, but our top priority is ensuring you can come to our show!

Notes on Social Distancing

The safety and comfort of our audience are our top priority. Recent surveys suggest most audience members would feel more comfortable if social-distancing and mask-wearing measures remain in place. As a result, we will be requesting all members of the audience to wear masks if not medically exempt, and all social bubbles will be at least 1 meter apart.

Tickets are available to purchase for single, two-, three- and four-person marked seating areas. If the ticket configuration you need is not available, please get in touch as we may still be able to accommodate you.

If any of these measures change, we will contact you well in advance by email.

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The Mount Hotel

Mount Road

Tettenhall Wood

Wolverhampton

WV6 8HL

United Kingdom

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Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

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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.

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