We continue our Featured Content series around Eleanor of Aquitaine: Mother of the Pride, now released on audio care of Tara Theatre and B7 Media. Watch these video snippets of 92-year-old Eileen Page’s ‘herstoric’ and regal performance in the one-woman play that she’s made her own – and then get ordering!
Eleanor of Aquitaine: Mother of the Pride, written by the late Catherine Muschamp, showcases a remarkable one-woman performance by veteran actress Eileen Page, bringing to life another formidable woman, far ahead of her time.
Eleanor Aquitaine (1137-1204) witnessed and influenced some of the Middle Ages’ most dramatic events, including the murder of Thomas Becket and her own rivalry with Henry II’s mistress, ‘fair’ Rosamund Clifford. A woman of extraordinary courage, beauty and iron will – uniquely, Queen of France then Queen of England and mother of two English kings – Eleanor of Aquitaine’s name was legendary even before her death.
Eileen Page first performed Catherine Muschamp’s play 22 years ago. In May 2018, the play was revived for three performances only, as part of Tara Arts’ “I’ll Say It Again!” month-long festival of work by female artists, celebrating the centenary of women’s suffrage in the UK. The performance is now released as both CD and digital download by independent producer B7 Media.
Page’s 70-year career encompasses Shakespeare, contemporary writers, musical theatre, film and television. Her long association with the RSC included Peter Brook’s production of Love’s Labour’s Lost, Henry V with Paul Scofield, Mother Courage, Richard II, The Winter’s Tale and Waste with Judi Dench.
Eileen Page is on regal form in these excerpts from the play.