Into the Melting Pot – The Telling

Wed 17May2023

Spain 1492: stories of women, their plaintive songs & lively Spanish medieval music

JW3, Finchley Rd, Hampstead, London NW3 6ET

Finchley Rd, London NW3 6ET

7.30pm - 9.05pm


“Last night’s performance was so utterly moving - a human story brought to life… a collaborative wondrous experience that touched every part of my being.”
Audience member (2022)

A concertplay (where music and theatre collide) written by Clare Norburn and directed by BAFTA-nominated Nicholas Renton.

Spain, 1492. At twilight on her final night in Seville, a Jewish woman, played by Suzanne Ahmet, lights the lamps. She is being forced to leave Spain and set sail for an uncertain future.

Her story echoes down the ages to the personal stories of people affected by politics and war today. She tunes into voices of a community of Jewish, Christian and Muslim women from across the Spanish peninsula.

Down the centuries, women’s stories of integration, love, the rich cultural heritage of the Spanish peninsula and racial intolerance are played out to a soundtrack of plaintive Sephardic songs and lively medieval music performed live by The Telling, with full staging and stunning lighting. Be transported back to 15th-century Seville!

Each half will last 40-45mins. Refreshments will be available during the interval of approx. 20 minutes.

Line Up:
Suzanne Ahmet, actor as Blanca the Jewish woman (subject to availability)
Clare Norburn, singer / writer
Maya Levy, singer
Emily Baines, recorders
Giles Lewin, oud
Oliver Wass, harp & percussion