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Mary’s Hand

June 21, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Mary’s Hand is a new project about the life and reign of Queen Mary I.

Mary’s Hand is a new work of music theatre. Mary Tudor, first Queen of England, invites the audience to participate in her story through an interactive game of cards, much of which resonates with the present: religious conflict; female leadership; England’s relationship with Europe; the role of the monarchy itself.

Join the Queen for a game of Cards

It’s a little-known fact that Mary loved to gamble at dice and cards. In this production the audience is invited to the Queen’s table and given the chance to choose the next card to be turned.

The audience is invited to share a personal moment with the Queen. Mary reflects upon the influences and events in her life: her father Henry VIII, her mother Katherine of Aragon, her Catholic faith, as well as the perceived causes of her troubles; her half-brother Edward VI, half-sister Elizabeth I, the ever-stronger Protestant faith, and her desperate desire for a child.


Driven by the wish to be a good monarch and having a deep conviction to restore England to to the Church of Rome, the first Queen of England dealt her hand in a tenacious manner.

Alas her marriage to the Catholic Philip of Spain promised to resolve many of these issues at a stroke, but such a gamble did not turn out profitable.

Mary had played her cards badly and paid a high public and personal price.

With new words by Di Sherlock (The Ubiquitous Woman) and Martin Bussey, (Through a Glass Darkly, The Windhover), Mary’s Hand will be scored for mezzo and chamber ensemble and performed for the first time in 2018.


McCaldin Arts