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Blodeuwedd Untold (Jo Blake / Pleasance / Royal & Derngate Northampton)

By | Published on Saturday 10 August 2019

A feminist hero, sidelined by generations of male storytellers, is reborn in a piece which combines physical theatre and spoken word. Almost ritualistic in nature, the piece attempts to take us back to the very roots of storytelling and myth and creates, in a very Tolkien-esque way, a new mythology for the present day. Moving easily between the story of Blodeuwedd and what she may represent, writer and performer Jo Blake’s methods are certainly unusual. Although reflective of the story she is telling, the piece can tend towards disjointedness in parts, but it is by no means difficult to follow. Being a modern bard is a difficult calling, but this play shows that the art is still very much alive.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 26 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Will Norris]