Two plays, two women before their time, interwoven with original music by singer-songwriter Pete Christie.
‘Abelard & Heloise & Stanley’ by Amanda Bass is the true story of the 12th Century lovers, philosopher Peter Abelard (1079-1142) and his pupil Heloise, entwined with the modern-day romance between Stanley and Olivia. This play uses the surviving letters from Abelard and Heloise to relate the little-known tragic love story. The couple has inspired writers throughout time and this performance introduces them to the 21st Century.
‘Maggie & Anna’ by Caroline Baillie highlights the decisions that individuals make in their lives using the notion that Maggie’s soul might have been reincarnated into Anna’s. Maggie Tulliver, of George Eliot’s Mill on the Floss tries to live a scrupulously good life according to society, but still her soul suffers. Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina (from Anna Karenina) defies society to follow her heart and live with her lover. Will her soul achieve peace?
Performed at the Drayton Court, Ealing, March 2003