A regular column from South Holland Centre in Spalding.
The extraordinary true story of young Welsh composer Morfydd Owen, who died almost 100 years ago in mysterious circumstances at the age of just 26, is played out on the South Holland Centre stage next month in a rapturous new production, I Loved You and I Loved You.
Despite her relatively short life, Morfydd Owen was a prolific composer and considered one of Wales’ most talented musicians, yet little is known about her outside Wales and there are few recordings of her work.
Had she lived, it was said she might have become the Elgar of her time.
Two research projects funded by Coreo Cymru and National Theatre Wales led to dance/theatre company Sweetshop Revolution going into full production with the story of Morfydd’s life: focusing on her love of music and her relationships with both her husband Ernest Jones (leading British psychoanalyst and close associate of Sigmund Freud) and her intense friendship with Elliot Crawshay-Williams, who was parliamentary private secretary to Winston Churchill.
This passionate story is beautifully portrayed on stage by three talented dancers in gorgeous Edwardian costume, to a live piano soundscape played by Brian Ellsbury (most of which are Morfydd’s own compositions) and with words sung by opera singer Sioned Terry.
I Loved You and I Loved You received great reviews at its Edinburgh Festival run last year, with festi-mag Broadway Baby proclaiming ‘this captivating dance is a fascinating journey through this forgotten woman’s life’. ★★★★
Suitable for over 14s, this heartfelt performance can be seen at the South Holland Centre on Wednesday, February 3 (7.30pm). All ticket holders are invited to arrive at 6.30pm to hear a context-setting talk with the choreographer. Tickets are £11 and £7.50 for under 26s from the Box office 01775 764777 or www.southhollandcentre.co.uk