Have you read the reviews for Frankie Meredith’s May Queen yet? Originally premiered last year as part of Paines Plough’s Roundabout season, this ‘spell-binding’ piece set in Coventry is now back for one week only at Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre. Book before it’s too late!
May Queen has a strictly limited at Belgrade Theatre’s B2 from 25 June to 2 July 2022, newly restaged in-the-round with Yasmin Dawes reprising her acclaimed performance as Leigh and Balisha Karra, one of the Belgrade’s three co-artistic directors for the City of Culture Year, directing.
May Day in Coventry, 2022. Sixteen-year-old Leigh has been chosen as May Queen. She’s buzzin’, as is the rest of the city. The cider is flowing and St George’s flag is flying – but during Cov’s festivities, our Queen is inevitably toppled.
As the year moves on in the City of Peace and Reconciliation, Leigh must face up to the events of that hot May Day and dig deep within her past and our city’s history to ask – how did she get here? And how does she get out?
May Queen is presented by the Belgrade Theatre in co-production with Paines Plough, supported by Coventry City of Culture Trust.
May Queen runs from 25 June to 2 July 2022 at Belgrade Theatre, Belgrade Square, Coventry CV1 1GS. Tickets from £8.50. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
Tom Moyser: “Balisha Karra’s direction and choreography of the on-stage fighting (not easy in a one-person show!) is jaw-dropping and underscored throughout by Meredith’s rhythmic writing and some intensely layered music and sound production.”
Naomi de Souza: “Yasmin Dawes was spell-binding. A tour de force and sole performer, she captivated the audiences attention for the whole performance, which focused on her coming-of-age journey in a chaotic, busy and vibrant Coventry.”
Dave Fargnoli: “Warm, dreamlike and tinged with a pervasive sense of gathering menace, May Queen is a richly written monologue from playwright Frankie Meredith… Yasmin Dawes handles the monologue’s shifting tone and multiple voices with great skill… Leigh becomes a likeable, believable and thoroughly engaging protagonist.”
Laura Kressly: “Frankie Meredith’s sophisticated script strikes a fine balance between youthful frivolity and serious feminist commentary… It provides women with a reassurance that they are not alone.”
Alex Wood: “The thrill of seeing a play grounded in Coventry… Frankie Meredith’s play is full to the brim with conceptual inventiveness… Balisha Karra directs Dawes’ solo performance adeptly.”
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