A Headingley LitFest ‘Between the Lines’ event
Merry Melancholy presents the play:
A Rehearsal of the Life and Death of Robert Devereux, Second Earl of Essex
Tudor song and drama with Jenny Hill and Simon Nisbett
It is 1624. Richard and Susannah, a lutenist and singer, are preparing a concert to mark the publication of a book – Gervase Markam’s Honour in his Perfection – dedicated to Robert Devereux. Although he was executed for treason more than two decades previously, during the reign of Elizabeth I, he still has a huge following.
The play tells of his eventful years at court, his stormy relationship with the Queen and his early death. The character of Richard is based on Richard Mynshall, whose handwritten lute book has survived to the present day.
The playwright, Jenny Hill, is a poet and a singer who has founded three choirs, specialising in the field of early music. Simon Nisbett taught the guitar in schools for many years before making the lute his first instrument ten years ago.
The music in the play is provided by Thomas Campion, John Dowland, Daniel Bacheler and Philip Rosseter. Lyricists include Fulke Greville, Lord Brooke, George Peele and of course Robert Devereux.
7.30pm at Leeds Library on Thursday 27th September 2018
Free, donations welcome