February 23, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mary’s Hand at Lancaster Priory
Mary’s Hand is a new musical drama about the life and reign of Queen Mary I.
It’s a little-known fact that Queen Mary loved games of chance, such as dice and cards. In Mary’s Hand, the Queen shares a game of cards with the audience who get to choose the next card to be turned. Their choices prompt Mary’s reflection upon the influences and events in her life: her father Henry VIII, her mother Katherine of Aragon, her Catholic faith, her half-sister Elizabeth I, and her desperate desire for a child.
Above all, Mary was driven by the wish to be a good monarch and her deep conviction that she needed to restore England to the Church of Rome. Her marriage to the Catholic Philip of Spain promised to resolve many of these issues, but Mary had played her cards badly and paid a high public & personal price.
With words & direction by Di Sherlock and music by Martin Bussey, Mary’s Hand is a dramatic, involving re-telling of Mary’s story, performed by solo mezzo-soprano Clare McCaldin and instrumental ensemble.
“Well-conceived operatic take on the life of Mary I” The Stage
“Clare McCaldin was magnetic throughout, holding the audience in her power absolutely” Opera Magazine
Mary’s Hand will be performed in Lancaster Priory on 23 February (7.30pm)
For more information see mccaldinarts.com/MarysHand