21 September 2018
Ralegh stalks the Great Hall once more to acclaim
Winchester playwright’s ‘passionate and moving’ script
Last Friday and Saturday, Sir Walter Ralegh once again walked in the Great Hall in Winchester where he was tried for treason in 1603. 2TimeTheatre staged an original one-act play about this charismatic adventurer, poet and pirate in this unique setting in the 400th anniversary year of his execution for treason.
Accompanied by renaissance music group, Courtlye Musick, and directed by Alice Kornitzer, Jliiy Bond (Elizabeth I), Adam Kotz (Ralegh) and Lizzie Garland (Bess) brought Rachel O’Neill’s script to vibrant and dramatic life over three sell-out performances as part of Winchester Heritage Open Days Festival of history and culture.
This is what audience members said:
‘'A wonderful professional writing debut’ – Deborah Edgington, Theatre Director
‘'Hope there will be other chances to see brilliant @2TimeTheatre show #SirWaltersWomen - @GreatHallWinch stunning setting political thriller full of sex and intrigue by #RachelONeill beautifully performed by @JillyBond1 @lizziegarland #AdamKotz in classy @AKornitzer production’ – Carl Miller, writer and lyricist
'Felt part of something special last night. I am sure your play will be performed many times in future but seeing it in @GreatHallWinch was a privilege’ – Madelaine Smith, organiser Winchester Poetry Festival
'A riveting performance by @2TimeTheatre in the Great Hall’ – Dr Emma Cleary, University of Southampton
‘'The mix of drama, history with a hint of humour was brilliant’ – Carol Hussey, Economy and Arts, Winchester City Council
‘Congrats team Sir Walter Ralegh’s Women. At Great Hall Winchester last night. Excellent and informative script by Rachel O'Neill’ – Angie Street, playwright and dramaturg
'We had a wonderful time at The Great Hall on Saturday. The performance was so powerful; the costumes were wonderful to see and the use of the hall was done so well. I would certainly see them again should they be performing.' - Audience member
'It was amazing to see a world premiere in the very special surroundings of The Great Hall for free. The performances were extraordinary and the writing superb. And to think much of this national history took place right here in Winchester. More of this please!' - Audience member