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Booking Now for 2020 and 2021 Virginia Woolf: Killing The Angel Name of Show: Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel Company: Lucy Stevens “Killing the Angel in the House was part of the occupation of a woman writer. Had I not killed her she would have killed me.” Virginia Woolf Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel weaves the life of Virginia Woolf as expressed in her own words, with music and songs by female composers who were her contemporaries, including Liza Lehmann, Ethel Smyth, and Maude Valerie White. It considers how Woolf’s writing about her troubled childhood has often been excluded from representations of her life. The one-women show also builds on a growing awareness of how women’s work has been omitted from histories of music and the arts, the social and creative networks of professional women and the challenges they faced as artists in the early twentieth century. ‘Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel’ is the latest collaboration between professionally trained actor and classically trained singer, Lucy Stevens and pianist Elizabeth Marcus, a Fellow and Professor of Harpsichord at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, following their highly acclaimed previous plays about women in music: ‘Ethel Smyth: Grasp the Nettle’ “Superb acting and vocal performances...Funny, touching and uplifting - A must see!’ Light Music Society. ‘Kathleen Ferrier: Whattalife!’ “…superbly gifted, Lucy Stevens, with a voice of this calibre, it would be easy for a singer to indulge, but Whattalife! is a seamless balance of speech and music’. localsecrets.com. Lucy Stevens has been drawn to this topic through extensive research into Woolf’s writing and the music written by female composers in the Victorian and Edwardian periods, much of which is out of print and rarely performed. Lucy Stevens tour menu for 2019 and beyond. Name of Show: Ethel Smyth: Grasp The Nettle / Kathleen Ferrier Whattalife! / Shakespeare in Song. Company: Lucy Stevens Lucy is touring three exciting shows designed for the rural touring network and available for bookings - Ethel Smyth: Grasp The Nettle. 2019 is the 75th Anniversary of the death of Dame Ethel Smyth. This is the story of Dame Ethel Smyth, composer, writer and suffragette, and her personal conflicts, triumphs and passions – told in her own words and compositions, in a flowing fusion of drama and music. “Not only is Stevens a terrific actor, she is also an exceptional contralto, with a wonderful warmth and clarity of tone. Pianist Elizabeth Marcus was deeply impressive and adept at performing the fiendish orchestral reductions...Smyth’s sense of humour shone through Stevens’ spirited performance, which was funny, touching and uplifting in turn. Grasp the Nettle is a magnificent entertainment that I can barely recommend highly enough – A must see!” Light Music Society Magazine. May 2018 Kathleen Ferrier Whattalife! Whattalife! tells the story of the great English contralto from her debut as a singer in 1940, through her meteoric rise, to her tragic death in 1953. The text is taken from her letters and diaries interwoven with music from her repertoire. Just like Kathleen during her short but full life, the show has a great sense of fun and talks straight from the heart. ★ ★ ★ ★ “Lucy Stevens as Ferrier, capturing the singer’s radiant personality most winningly…always at home in the Ferrier songbook, the warmth in her own voice, matching to a large degree Ferrier’s own contralto, causes a frisson in the audience.” Musical Theatre Review Shakespeare In Song A song recital that dovetails Shakespeare’s songs with poetry from his plays and sonnets. Exploring love, lust, power and decay. British composers set, over four centuries, songs from Shakespeare’s plays, interwoven with spoken poetry. “A remarkable performance, with magical, deeply touching moments – the audience spellbound, the recitations beautifully delivered and subtly interwoven with the songs.” “Another triumphant performance! Brilliant singing and accompaniment.” The Arts Society, Cambridge. Please contact Penny Mayes for further information and bargain show prices only available for the rural touring schemes. We look forward to hearing from you.