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Thomas Tallis

Jessica Swale

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Full Length Play, Drama

7m, 7f

ISBN: 9780573111334

Thomas Tallis is a portrait of the life of one of Britain’s most successful composers set against the tumultuous political backdrop of the renaissance.

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Docudrama/Historic

Time Period - 16th Century / Elizabethan

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Living under four monarchs, Tallis was forced to adapt his compositions to suit their religious demands, but at what cost? In Swale’s vividly imagined play, we follow the contrasting fates of Tallis and a young priest, from the dissolution of the monasteries through Mary’s bloody reign, via encounters with a young Elizabeth and the mysterious Dr Dee, to their dramatic conclusion.

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This "ambitious portrait of the 16th-century composer cleverly combines drama and music
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7m, 7f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Flexible casting

CASTING NOTES

The play can be performed with four actors doubling, as below, or with a bigger company as desired. There are eighteen roles.
Actor 1 – Thomas Tallis, the Bishop, Dr DEE, the Guard.
Actor 2 – Queen Cathe rine, the Commissioner, Joan, BETHAN, Mrs Prest, Elizabeth I, Mary.
Actor 3 – Henry VIII, the Priest, Edward’s atten dant, the PLASTERER, Mr Prest.
Actor 4 – The Boy King (Edward)
The girl and the singer in Scene Two can be played

Author
Jessica Swale

Jessica Swale

Jessica Swale is a writer and director. She is Artistic Director of Red Handed Theatre Company and a returning playwright at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. Plays include Nell Gwynn (winner of the Egerton Foundation New Play Award 2015), All's Will that Ends Will (Bremen Shakespeare Company) and adaptations of Sense and Sensibility, Far from the Madding Crowd (Watermill) and The Secret Garden ... view full profile

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