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Into the Melting Pot - Newbury Spring Festival
Into the Melting Pot - Newbury Spring Festival

Wed, 22 May

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Corn Exchange

Into the Melting Pot - Newbury Spring Festival

Spain 1492: a Jewish woman's last night in Seville is haunted by stories of Jewish, Christian and Muslim women, their plaintive songs and lively Spanish medieval music.

Time & Location

22 May 2024, 19:30 – 21:20

Corn Exchange, Market Pl, Newbury RG14 5BD, UK

About the event

“Last night’s performance was so utterly moving - a human story brought to life… a collaborative wondrous experience that touched every part of my being.

Audience member (2022)

A concertplay (where music and theatre collide) written by Clare Norburn and directed by BAFTA-nominated Nicholas Renton.

Spain, 1492. At twilight on her final night in Seville, a Jewish woman, played by Suzanne Ahmet (@sohoplace, The King’s Head Theatre, Chester Storyhouse), lights the lamps. She is being forced to leave Spain and set sail for an uncertain future. Her story echoes down the ages 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 performed live by The Telling, with full staging and stunning lighting. Be transported back to 15th-century Seville!

Each half will last 40-45mins.

Line Up

Suzanne Ahmet, actor as Blanca the Jewish woman (subject to availability)

Clare Norburn, singer / writer

Maya Levy, singer

Emily Baines, recorders

Giles Lewin, oud

Jean Kelly, harp & percussion

Supported by Arts Council England and Shoresh Charitable Trust.

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