In October 1545, Sir Ralph Sadleir learned that his wife and mother of seven surviving children, Ellen Mitchell, had been married before. In order to save his reputation and legitimise both his marriage and his children, his employer and close friend Henry VIII passed an Act of Parliament annulling Ellen’s previous marriage, on the grounds that her husband Matthew Barre had abandoned her. This private Act of Parliament was never publicised.
In July 2017, we will be collaborating with The National Trust and The Houses of Parliament to deliver ‘The Unprecedented Case’, a commission for an innovative new performance-piece for mixed ensemble, electronics, live-typed text projections and puppetry.
This distinctive new musical storytelling will involve 30 SEND and Pupil Premium Year Six pupils, working together with a group of musicians and puppeteers. The piece will tell three stories from the history of Hackney museum Sutton House in a highly engaging and visually stimulating way.
The project will take place at Sutton House over seven days, with literacy, music and puppetry workshops led by the artists, culminating in a free performance of the piece by both the artists and children.
We are also working on a number of other projects, including Cinema Everywhere performances across the country, and the launch of the Northumberland Space Programme.