21-Jun-2018: Mary’s Hand – first public performance

Saturday 21 June 2018 7.30pm

St Mary’s Creative Space, St Mary’s Hill, Chester CH1 2DW

Tickets: £10

Mary’s Hand is a new music theatre work about the life and reign of Queen Mary I, with words and direction by Di Sherlock and music by Chester Bach Singers’ Musical Director, Martin Bussey (Through a Glass Darkly, The Windhover). Mary’s Hand is scored for mezzo-soprano, cello, trumpet and oboe doubling cor anglais. This will be the first public performance of Mary’s Hand, which will be touring later in 2018 and 2019.

Mary Tudor, first Queen of England, invites the audience to help tell her story in a game of cards. The cards represent the key players in her life – her father, Henry VIII, her mother Katherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn – and for the show to begin the audience must first call a card. The choice of that and subsequent cards determines the order in which she will sing her story.

Mary loved games of chance and the hand that Fortune dealt her was a tricky one.

Surrounded by political and religious intrigue, the stakes are high as she risks head, heart and even soul. Remembered, if at all, as ‘Bloody Mary’ and eclipsed by her celebrated halfsister, Elizabeth, History has given Mary bad press. Meet the real Queen who made the glorious reign of Elizabeth I possible.