Cornish, noun: sea maiden, mermaid

Ambitious banker Keren is determined to make her mark. In a male-dominated industry, she’s learned that the way to get ahead is to speak loudly, strut your stuff, and sell sell sell. But the siren’s song is calling her name, drawing her back to her roots. 

Drawing on Cornish mythology, Morveren is centred around a hidden coastal village where women make the rules and no one has to shout to be heard. Using theatrical magic and a digital choir to imagine an alternative way of living, Morveren is a celebration of community and a coming of age for three generations of women.

From the creators of The Tiger’s Bride and Orlando, Oxford’s Marvellous Machine Theatre Company return with their first original play, Morveren by Kate Webster. With direction by Lou Corben, and featuring new music by Becki Jayne Reed with the voices of London City Voices and Oxford Community Choir. 

Old Fire Station, Oxford

Tuesday 21 – Saturday 25 March 2023

The Space, London

Tuesday 28 March – Saturday 1 April 2023

“A stunning play exploring folklore, family struggles and what it means to find your own place in the world. Brilliant, lyrical writing from Kate Webster.” – Scott Matthewman, Theatre Critic

“An enthralling theatrical experience… I was enchanted.. a feel-good evening in the company of exceptionally talented female artists.. a captivating and immersive experience” – West End Evenings

“a show that I would not hesitate in recommending” – Pink Prince Theatre

“heartfelt, moving and thought-provoking” – audience member

Deftly weighs today’s priorities against older, deeper values. Moments of magic grounded in the everyday; strong performances; an inspired soundtrack. Thoughtful and rewarding.” -audience member


Charlotte Blandford – Keren

Aysha Niwaz – Ellie

Alessandra Perotto – Morwen


Writer: Kate Webster

Director: Lou Corben

Musical Director: Becki Reed

Movement Director: Daniel Passi

Technical Stage Manager: Catherine van der Hoven

Dialect Coach: Gemma Wright