Women's Voices: Medieval and Early Modern
Nov
11
12:30 PM12:30

Women's Voices: Medieval and Early Modern

Queynte Laydies will be joining Dr Hetta Howes (City, UoL) and Dr Clare Whitehead (KCL) for the workshop 'Women's Voices: Medieval and Early Modern' at Queen Mary University, London. 

We'll be taking part in a roundtable discussion and performing extracts from our plays, alongside playwright Dr Emma Whipday (author of Shakespeare's Sister).

"The medieval and early modern periods saw repeated attempts to theorise and regulate the female voice across a variety of different spheres, from the political and religious, to the judicial and domestic. However, recent research has revealed a number of ways in which women defied the established ideal of the silent woman in these periods.

This one-day workshop will create a dialogue across historical periods and creative and academic disciplines to consider the ways in which women's voices were heard, recorded and mediated."

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Modified in the Guts of the Living
Sep
15
8:00 PM20:00

Modified in the Guts of the Living

Queynte Laydies are delighted to be teaming up with Three Parts Vied for their upcoming concert, 'Modified in the Guts of the Living', where we'll be performing poetry by Heaney, Auden and Catullus. 

The concert assembles music and poetry written on the deaths of poets, composers, and brothers, and stages them in the Grand Entrance Hall of the Thames Tunnel in Rotherhithe.

Auden's 'In Memory of W.B. Yeats' and Heaney's 'Audenesque' are cut with new translations of Catullus' poems on the death of his brother by our own Máirín O'Hagan. 

These poems mingle with Restoration music on the same theme: Henry Purcell commemorates his choirmaster Matthew Locke and his publisher John Playford, while John Blow marks libertine poet the Earl of Rochester. The two most substantial pieces by Henry Hall and John Blow commemorate Henry Purcell himself, with double recorders and duets for soprano and bass, and two countertenors.

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Spilling our secrets with Story Etc.
Jun
13
12:30 PM12:30

Spilling our secrets with Story Etc.

Click here to listen to Episode 3 of the Story Etc. podcast, entitled 'Secret'.

We talked to Story Etc's Eleanor Rushton about researching and writing our play, Lady Percy, and uncovering the secret histories (and bodies) of the real women behind our characters. You'll find us at about 44 minutes in - we should warn that there's some graphic content regarding discussions of Medieval birthing practices. 

Story Etc. is a podcast about making stuff up - follow them on Twitter.

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Marge & Jules: Birkbeck Arts Week
May
19
5:00 PM17:00

Marge & Jules: Birkbeck Arts Week

Are we fast becoming 'The Mousetrap' of mystical Medieval two-handers?

Our play Marge & Jules is returning to London for one performance only at Birkbeck Arts Week 2017. Introduced by Birkbeck's Prof. Anthony Bale, we'll be performing on Friday 19th May at 5pm, with a Q&A to follow.

There's limited space (much like an anchorite's cell...) so click here to book a seat now - it's free!

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"Professional highlight"
Jan
10
to Jan 28

"Professional highlight"

Check out this interview with Lady Percy director Rafaella Marcus, in which she describes her professional highlight of this year as "developing work with Queynte Laydies, who make very smart work about historical Medieval women."

Thanks Raf!

The Upcoming chat to Raf about her latest production, The Wild Party (a brand new version using the original poem), playing at the Hope Theatre 10 - 28 January. It stars Lady Percy actors Joey Akubeze and Anna Clarke who, between them, apparently play around sixteen roles, as well as dancing and singing. You can book a ticket here.

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Marge & Jules: King's College, London
Oct
21
7:00 PM19:00

Marge & Jules: King's College, London

Marge & Jules comes to London again this Autumn with a TOTALLY FREE performance at King's College, as part of their Arts and Humanities Festival. The setting will be the magnificent chapel on the Strand campus.

The performance will be followed by a panel discussion with Dr Sarah Salih, who has published widely on female mysticism in the late Middle Ages, and Dr Sarah Law, a scholar and poet who has written on both Margery and Julian.

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Lady Percy: Rehearsed Reading
Oct
5
2:00 PM14:00

Lady Percy: Rehearsed Reading

Queynte Laydies are delighted to announce a rehearsed reading of brand new British History play Lady Percy.

There will be a public showing of the script on Wednesday 5th October at 2pm in the Shelton Room at the Seven Dials Club on Earlham Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9LA. Email queyntelaydies.com to reserve a seat.


Let’s tell them her story then, give it go,
’Tis more fruitful, it seems, than a tale of man’s woe.

Summer, 1402. Northumbria. Trouble is stirring and Lady Percy knows it. Outside the castle walls, border clans raid and fire the countryside mercilessly. Inside, her furious husband Hotspur rails against a cunning King who, helped to his throne by the Percys, now refuses to pay their men.

When Lady Percy’s brother is captured by a family of Welsh rebels, rumoured to be masters of old Celtic magic, a series of dangerous events are set in motion. With rebellion inevitable, Hotspur leaves his lady in charge of the castle. There’s a lot more to her story than his story records…

Inspired by Shakespeare's Henry IVs, Queynte Laydies reinvent the well-loved tradition of the British History play to honour modern values of gender equality and cultural diversity.

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Lady Percy: June Workshop
Jun
27
to Jun 28

Lady Percy: June Workshop

  • Horse & Stables, Waterloo (map)
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An enormous thank you to all our actors who took part in this month's Lady Percy workshop. It was magical to hear the lines given life and we were delighted to see such talented actors take on the roles of Elizabeth, Hotspur, et al!

Lead and directed by the brilliant Rafaella Marcus, we spent two days exploring characters and experimenting with different metres and verse style. Máirín's homemade quiche went down a treat too.

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Marge & Jules: Canterbury
Mar
18
to Mar 19

Marge & Jules: Canterbury

To Caunterbury they wende! 

We two pilgrims journeyed to Canterbury to provide the after-dinner entertainment at this year's 'Early English Drama & Performance Network' conference.

Despite an interesting start to the weekend - where we may have driven all the way down a pedestrianised high street - we had a great time performing Marge & Jules at Café du Soleil for an audience of brilliant academics. We also got the chance to revisit everyone's favourite hermit, John of Beverley, for an extra-special performance of Historie van Jan van Beverley at the 'Medieval English Theatre' society conference on Saturday.

If you'd like to know more about what we got up to, check out our latest blog post!

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Marge & Jules: Geneva
Mar
1
to Mar 3

Marge & Jules: Geneva

This month, Marge & Jules packed up their wimples and hopped on a plane to Switzerland for a special performance at the University of Geneva for an audience of students and academics.

It was particularly exciting to perform for expert Medievalists, some of whom knew Margery and Julian's texts very well indeed. We took part in a post-show chat hosted by Professor Elisabeth Dutton, author of Julian of Norwich: The Influence of Late-Medieval Devotional Compilations, and received lots of brilliant feedback. Big thanks to Dr. Sarah Brazil for her superb coordination of the day.

Managed to fit in some sightseeing in beautiful, snowy Fribourg and - of course - enjoyed a traditional Swiss feast of cheese, potatoes, bread, and more cheese...

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Marge & Jules: Warwick
Dec
5
4:00 PM16:00

Marge & Jules: Warwick

Queynte Laydies are very excited to announce the return of Marge & Jules, for two shows only, in Máirín's home county of Warwickshire. 

With a revised script and fresh direction from Andrew Brock, we'll be performing at the Dream Factory, Playbox Theatre, Warwick, 4pm / 7pm on Saturday 5th December. Visit the Playbox website to book your ticket!

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Esperance, Percy! Wigmore Castle & The Battlefield
Oct
15
to Oct 16

Esperance, Percy! Wigmore Castle & The Battlefield

This month we took a trip to Shropshire and the beautiful Welsh border to visit the remains of Wigmore Castle - birthplace of Elizabeth Mortimer - and the site of the Battle of Shrewsbury - deathplace of Henry Hotspur.

The A49 runs pretty close to the Battlefield, but the fields are large and remarkably peaceful. Difficult to imagine the arrows flying and the horses charging and the bodies falling... still, it was rather stirring to stand on the site of a battle we've read so much about. Battlefield Church (currently undergoing renovations, so we couldn't go inside) is said to stand on the site of a mass grave holding the many hurriedly buried bodies of the dead.

Harder still it was to imagine the bustle of Medieval life amid the ruins of Wigmore Castle. It stands on the hillside, looking out over the Welsh border - not a gift shop in sight. We were the only visitors and the Autumn colours made the views of the border ethereally beautiful. 

We stayed in an old Benedictine Monastery in the village of Leominster (pronounced LEM-ster, apparently) which we cannot recommend highly enough. The man on the front desk kindly provided us with a bedtime ghost story about headless monks walking the grounds of the spooky-looking church next door. I didn't sleep, but it was inspiring stuff.

We'd also like to say thank you to the marvellous Professor Virginia Davis, who allowed us to take up a few hours of her time in her office at Queen Mary University, London. Professor Davis talked us through her knowledge of women's roles in the Middle Ages and gave us lots of advice and reading tips to further our research into the enigmatic Elizabeth, Lady Percy!

 

 

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Leopardess @ Camden Fringe 2015
Aug
15
to Aug 18

Leopardess @ Camden Fringe 2015

Máirín directs and Sarah performs in a new political comedy at this year's Camden Fringe. Performing at 7:30pm Saturday 15th, Monday 17th & Tuesday 18th August at Canal Café Theatre in London's Little Venice are sketch comedy trio Leopardess. Written by Rosie Abraham, Sarah Anson, Rosie Frecker, Máirin O'Hagan and Matthew Radway.


I'm Sarah M. Anson and I want to change the world...

Introducing Leopardess, a brand new political green party with big ideas about the environment.

Party leader Sarah is tolerant about everything except intolerant people. Social media guru "Little" Rosie bears a love for pet cat John topped only by her desire for dreamy dentist fiance Akash. "Big" Rosie is the taller one.

Rosie, Rosie & Sarah bring you a brand new comedy act to showcase their grand political ambitions. With policies that include upcycling the Bejesus out of Britain and a promise from Kirsty Allsopp to re-upholster the railways, can these ecological nuts save Britain? Or will party in-fighting undermine all their hard work...?

Go to https://canalcafetheatre.com/ to book your ticket! 

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Harlaxton Medieval Symposium
Jul
23
7:00 PM19:00

Harlaxton Medieval Symposium

Queynte Laydies donned their acting pants once more to provide the after-dinner entertainment for this year's Harlaxton Medieval Symposium, in the form of everyone's favourite Medieval miracle play, John of Beverley.

Directed by Professor Elisabeth Dutton and organised by Professor Meg Twycross, we had a grand old time swanning about the beautiful Victorian manor house and performing for an audience of very clever academics. 

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Bonny Northumberland Inspires A Blog
Jun
25
to Jun 30

Bonny Northumberland Inspires A Blog

Forget Majorca. Get yourselves up (or down) to the beautiful North East this summer holiday. Queynte Laydies have recently returned from a camping-cum-research trip staying in the historic village of Warkworth, Northumberland, once home to Elizabeth Mortimer, the subject of our latest project, Lady Percy.

Armed with a boiled egg picnic and a flask of tea, we viewed a grand total of nine castles - and one hermitage - over five days; including Warkworth, Prudhoe, Bamburgh, Dunstanburgh and Alnwick (birthplace of dashing rogue Harry Hotspur). 

We were so inspired by our trip that we started a light-hearted blog to chronicle our travels. If you're a fellow castle enthusiast, or just a little bit keen 4 castles, we invite you to take a look...

 

 

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John of Beverley, Hairy Hermit
Jun
19
to Jun 20

John of Beverley, Hairy Hermit

  • University of Lausanne (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Queynte Laydies have been flexing their acting chops ready for a performance of Medieval miracle play Historie van Jan van Beverley or John of Beverley. It tells the story of rogue hermit John who, after raping and murdering his sister, finds forgiveness from God by going about on "hand and foot like a beast" and growing an excessive amount of body hair. Máirín takes the starring role and does so with aplomb. 

We will be jetting off to Switzerland to perform at the University of Lausanne as part of a two-day workshop entitled 'Emotion and Medieval Media'. The wonderful Professor Elisabeth Dutton (University of Fribourg) will direct. 

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Marge & Jules: VAULT Festival 2015
Feb
11
to Feb 15

Marge & Jules: VAULT Festival 2015

  • VAULT Festival, Waterloo (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The first autobiography in the English Language was written by mother of fourteen, Margery Kempe, who couldn't read. Dame Julian, the renowned anchoress of Norwich, penned writings on mysticism and mercy that have dazzled spiritualists for centuries. Both women went their own way. Both of them loved Jesus, from the depths of their soul, to the tingling of their bodies. Both of them cried, one hell of a lot. 

Queynte Laydies are proud to bring their inaugural production to VAULT Festival 2015. Written and performed by Máirín O'Hagan & Sarah Anson, Marge & Jules resurrects the historic moment where - as writings record - Margery met Julian. As spiritual enlightenment meets the darker stories of life in the Middle Ages, these women confess all; talking faith, life, after-life, semantics, erotics and the mysteries of the Man they love. Produced by Boireannach and directed by Andrew Brock. 

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