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.
Meanwhile, Keren’s grandmother Morwen knows it’s time to pass down her wisdom, knowledge and place in her grieving community. Inheriting the village’s leadership was never part of Keren’s plan, but her daughter, mermaid-obsessed Ellie, loves it here.
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.
Baron’s Court Theatre, London
Tuesday 17 – Saturday 28 January 2023
Old Fire Station, Oxford
Tuesday 21 – Saturday 25 March 2023
The Space, London
Dates and booking link coming soon
Charlotte Blandford – Keren
Aysha Niwaz – Ellie
Alessandra Perotto – Morwen
Writer: Kate Webster
Director: Lou Corben
Musical Director: Becki Reed
“a masterful adaptation… a splendid piece of theatre” – Daily Info
“succeeds in teasing out provocations within Woolf’s story… [an] intriguing, thoughtful production.” – Newbury Weekly News
For The Tiger’s Bride
“A plush and captivating take on one of Angela Carter’s famously subversive fairy tale retellings… There is luxury enough to sink into” – Daily Info
“A small-scale show thinking big. Wonderful” – Newbury Weekly News