A new farce reimagining the life of Fanny Mendelssohn. …who? You’ll probably know her younger brother, Felix Mendelssohn, from 19th century smash-hits like: ‘The Wedding March’. He was the Cliff Richard of his day and was even asked to play at a personal concert for Queen Victoria. But only if he played her favourite piece of music ever, a song called: ‘Italien’. However, we now know that Felix was forced to admit to the Queen that, in actuality, the piece had been composed by his sister, Fanny, and simply published under his name! Felix. Publishing under a male’s name? Nobody would believe it! Fanny. Shall we ask George Elliot how believable it is? Felix. What’s he got to do with it! FANNY!  imagines that Fanny intercepts a letter addressed to ‘F. Mendelssohn’ inviting Felix to play for Queen Victoria. She decides to hide the letter, dress-up as her brother and take his place at the palace! The play shirks the stuffiness often associated with classical music and recasts Fanny’s family and friends as stock characters from the commedia dell’arte cannon. A fun and irreverent show indulging in classical music whilst celebrating the work of a composer overlooked because of her sex.   Written by Calum Finlay […]
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Anna X

Immersed in an addictive world of private views, front-row fashion shows, and endless parties, Anna and Ariel find themselves struggling for ways to keep up with New York’s dazzling social elite. How far will they go to keep their new identities? And at what price? ‘Anna X’ is the story of a woman’s drive to become somebody from nobody. A new play by award-winning writer Joseph Charlton (‘Brilliant Jerks’) about the nature of narcissism, based on real events.   13 – 17 March 2019 at VAULT Festival   Performed by Rosie Sheehy & Joshua James Written by Joseph Charlton Directed by Daniel Raggett Production Management by Anna Lavender Produced by Rebecca Gwyther Production photography by Lidia Crisafulli   Supported by Arts Council England
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