Deborah Findlay announced as new narrator for Edward the Conqueror
DEBORAH FINDLAY announced as new narrator for celebration performance of Roald Dahl’s Edward the Conqueror
Music in the Round has announced the new narrator for their unique production of Roald Dahl’s short story Edward the Conqueror, which is being performed in the Crucible Studio on Saturday 22 October.
Deborah Findlay, well known for her appearances on stage and television, including BBC’s Cranford alongside Dame Judi Dench and Imelda Staunton, will present the story with rising star pianist Mishka Rushdie Momen. Deborah stands in for Richard Wilson who is recovering from recent illness.
The Sheffield-based classical music promoter is presenting the performance as part of their Roald Dahl 100 celebrations, which also include two sell-out performances of a family concert Roald Dahl’s Cinderella and Dirty Beasts in association with Off the Shelf Festival of Words.
This evening reading of the author’s short story, primarily for adults and older children (age 12+), will already be known by some for its appearance in Dahls’ television series Tales of the Unexpected. It follows the story of Louisa, who becomes fascinated by a stray cat who joins her one day for her afternoon piano practice. She discovers that the cat has an extraordinarily refined taste in Romantic piano music, and a witty and sometimes acerbic tale unfolds. Intertwined in the story is an array of sparkling piano music by Bach, Chopin, Schumann and Liszt.
Artistic Director Angus Smith, who chose Dahl’s Edward the Conqueror to be performed with musical interludes in the Crucible Studio explains:
“It was slightly bizarre – I was staying in digs in Sheffield and had forgotten to bring a book with me. I pulled a volume of Dahl’s short stories off the shelf and it came open at this page – Edward the Conqueror.
“What struck me as well as the subject matter, and story, which was very darkly humorous, was that the music acts as a kind of key component. The fact that Dahl was so specific about the pieces and the repertoire meant that he must have had a passion for classical music to have known about the repertoire in that much detail.
“The way that the musical pieces are referenced and punctuated through the story meant I could envisage that it would work very well for Music in the Round, and be an entertaining programme. We’ve inserted musical pieces in the places where they occur in the story, and while some of the pieces are quite short, in the second half there is a longer section of Liszt, so there’s a real ebb and flow.”
“I think that storytelling is a massively powerful thing and wonderfully absorbing. No technology is involved and the directness and the power of words is amazing. It’s something that will translate really well into a live scenario, particularly in the intimate surroundings of the Crucible Studio.”
Tickets for Edward the Conqueror are still available online, via Sheffield Theatres box office in person or by calling 0114 249 6000. They are priced at £19 / £13 Disabled & Unemployed, with £5 tickets available for Under 35s, Students and anyone who is attending a Music in the Round concert for the first time.
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