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The Telling

May 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Into the Melting Pot

Spain, 1492: on her final night in Seville, a Jewish woman, played by Suzanne Ahmet, tunes into a community of stories of Jewish, Christian and Muslim women, their plaintive songs and lively Spanish medieval music which have the power to transcend intolerance and hatred.

Music and theatre collide in this fully staged stunningly lit show from The Telling, directed by BAFTA-nominated Nicholas Renton (Mrs Gaskell’s Wives and Daughters, Musketeers, Lewis). Be transported back to colourful 15th-century Seville – the story of migration, community and conflict may be set in the past but has sad resonances today – with a message of hope.

“Music collides with drama and melds into something unique yet inclusive and true.”

Stage Talk Magazine

Supported by
Arts Council England
The Shoresh Charitable Trust
Unity Theatre


Suzanne Ahmet actor
Patience Tomlinson actor
Clare Norburn singer
Maya Levy singer
Emily Baines recorders
Giles Lewin oud
Joy Smith harp / percussion

Nicholas Renton director
Clare Norburn playwright
Natalie Rowland lighting designer


Nani Nani ((Sephardic traditional song)
Virgen Madre groriosa (Cantiga de Santa Maria no 340)
La Serena (Sephardic traditional song)
Rosas das rosas (Cantiga de Santa Maria no 10)
Santa Maria Amar (Cantiga de Santa Maria no 7)
Instrumental: A madre de Jesu Cristo (Cantiga de Santa Maria no 302)
Maria Matrem (from Llibre vermell)
Lamma Bada (Andalusian/Arabic traditional song)
Instrumental: O que diz que servir ome (Cantiga de Santa Maria no 311)
Mui Grandes noit e dia (Cantiga de Santa Maria no 57) 


Pues que tu reinna del cielo (from Cancionero de Palacio)
La Rosa Enflorese (Los Bibilicos cantan) (Sephardic traditional song)
Instrumental: Por razon tenno d’obeder  (Cantiga de Santa Maria no 113)
Noches, noches (Sephardic traditional song)
Quen crever na Virgen Santa (Cantiga de Santa Maria no 107)
Martin Codax (13th-century Galician Troubadour) Ondas do Mar (from Cantigas d’Amigo – cycle of 7 songs)
Siete Hijos Tiene Hanna (Sephardic song about the biblical story of Hanna)
Morena me llaman (Sephardic traditional song)


(includes £1.25 Corn Exchange booking fee per ticket)
Free for Under 30s



Under 30s
Date: May 22
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Venue Name: Corn Exchange
Address: The Corn Exchange, Market Place
Newbury, Berkshire RG14 5BD United Kingdom

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