Though Lovers be Lost
Written and performed by Melissa Berry
‘Though Lovers be Lost’ is the story of Annie, a Sin Eater from Wales.
“A lost tradition of Celtic shamanism, Sin Eating has long fascinated me and I have found a connection & inspiration within it to those in my own family who walked the way of the ‘Wyrd’ (fate)’”
Annie’s tale is my work in progress, as yet incomplete but somehow it needed to see the light of day.
A story of love and the possibility of redemption in the face of being an outcast. An exploration of human perception and what we do with love when it is deemed sinful by those around us.
This is my first piece of original work and has appeared after many years of performing when possible and doing voiceover work whilst bringing up my two children.
Born and brought up in Wales, I was always surrounded by myth and storytelling and thanks to Short Stories Aloud and Sarah Franklin, Steve Hay and Julie Mayhew, I have rediscovered my passion for the telling of tales! A secret hankering to find my way back into the theatre has taken on a life of its own and created ‘Though Lovers Be Lost’”
‘Though lovers be lost love shall not;
And death shall have no dominion’ Dylan Thomas
Written and Performed by Lesley Stone
Lesley is an actor/songwriter who enjoys devising and improvisational work.
“I thought it would challenge me to devise a solo piece. I have been a professional actor since graduating from Guildhall 20 years ago and have worked in theatre, TV and Radio and co –founded a storytelling company called Speak-e-zee. I have worked in children’s theatre at The Polka Theatre in Wimbledon and performed my songs for children on CBBC and Scottish TV. I also write songs for choirs and was thrilled when my song Waltz after Midnight which I wrote to commemorate the Centenary of the First World War was sung by over 300 voices at the Help for Heroes Day at Highclere Castle.
For some reason, when I left the Girl Guides (which I enjoyed much more than school and where I worked much harder than I did at school!) I kept my guide uniform in pristine order and so when I unearthed it from the attic, I decided to devise a piece around it incorporating my life and my love of song writing.”
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