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Mary's Hand

Fri 25 Sep 7:30pm

From £10.00 to £15.00

Aldeburgh Church

Friday 25 September 2020 - 7.30pm

Mary’s Hand is a new music drama about the life and reign of Queen Mary I performed by solo mezzo and chamber ensemble.

Clare McCaldin Queen Mary I

Di Sherlock words and direction
Martin Bussey music
Andie Scott, Sophie Meyer costume design
Andie Scott set design
Antony Hateley lighting design

Presented by McCaldin Arts


It’s a little-known fact that Queen Mary loved games of chance, such as dice and cards. In Mary’s Hand, the Queen shares a game of cards with the audience who get to choose the next card to be turned. Their choices prompt Mary to reflect on the influences and events in her life: her father Henry VIII, her mother Katherine of Aragon, her religion, her half-sister Elizabeth I, and her desperate desire for a child.

Above all, Mary was driven by the wish to be a good monarch and her conviction that she needed to unite England with Catholic Europe. Her marriage to Philip of Spain promised to resolve many of these issues, but Mary had played her cards badly and paid a high public & personal price.


'Clare McCaldin was magnetic throughout, holding the audience in her power absolutely' - Opera Magazine


Photo Credit: Robert Workman