Into the Melting Pot with The Telling: Sephardic & medieval songs & stories

Into the Melting Pot with The Telling: Sephardic & medieval songs & stories

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St Mellitus Church Hall

Tollington Park

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N4 3AG

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Stories of love, community & racial intolerance in 1492 Spain soundtracked by plaintive Sephardic songs and lively medieval Cantigas

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A half concert/half play by Clare Norburn.

Spain, 1492. At twilight on her final night in Seville, a Jewish woman, played by Suzanne Ahmet, lights the lamps. She is being forced to leave Spain and set sail for an uncertain future. Her story echoes down the ages and also to the personal stories of people affected by politics and war today. She tunes into voices of a community of Jewish, Christian and Muslim women from across the Spanish peninsula.​

Down the centuries, women’s stories of integration, love, the rich cultural heritage of the Spanish peninsula and racial intolerance are played out to a soundtrack of plaintive Sephardic songs and lively medieval music, with full staging and stunning lighting. Be transported back to 15th century Seville!

"Past and present, truth and fantasy, real and imagined come together in a tightly knit and intimate drama. The personal narrative is embedded neatly within historical, cultural and political contexts...”Opera Today on a concertplay by Clare Norburn

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Suzanne Ahmet as Blanca​

The Telling:

Clare Norburn, voice

Maya Levy, voice

Joy Smith, harp, percussion

Giles Lewin, oud

Emily Baines, recorders

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

Written & produced by Clare Norburn

Lighting Designer Natalie Rowland

This performance of Into The Meltig Pot is supported by a grant from Continuo Foundation, Scops Arts Trust, The Marchus Trust, The Golsoncott Foundation, The Souter Charitable Trust and Sylvia Waddilove Foundation.

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