I, Spie – The Telling

Age Range: 14+

This is a spell-binding concertplay, where music and theatre collide.  The drama is centred around an extraordinary letter written by composer/lutenist John Dowland to spymaster Sir Robert Cecil in 1595.  Written by award-winning writer Clare Norburn, she imagines what might have happened next.

I, Spie tells the story of how Dowland managed to foil an Italian plot on the life of Queen Elizabeth I and his ensuing grisly dealings with the Secret Service. Think Spooks meets Blackadder, 16th Century-style!

Ultimately, Dowland’s fate is in your hands as you’ll vote on how the show should end.

This performance is supported by a grant from Continuo Foundation.

About I, Spie

The drama is directed by BAFTA-nominated Nicholas Renton (Mrs Gaskell’s Wives and Daughters, Musketeers, A Room With A View, Lewis, Silent Witness).  It is accompanied by music by Dowland and his contemporaries, alongside lively Elizabethan tavern, street and courtly masque music performed live by The Telling.

For further information visit The Telling website or email Steph Williams at steph@thetelling.co.uk