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Wednesday, 10 March 2021

REVIEW: Love In The Lockdown, starring Rachael Stirling and Alec Newman (Online)

Lockdown may have closed our theatres, but some creative people have embraced the opportunity and are starting to create genuinely exciting and interesting new dramas that embrace the time and provide entertainment in our homes. Clare Norburn has certainly done that with these nine episodes of “real-time” drama which seems to embrace the technology of Zoom, her passion for mediaeval style music from her quartet The Telling and a double act at least as appealing as Tennant and Sheen in their TV series Staged.

The Telling is a four-piece ensemble consisting of Ariane Prossner and Joy Smith on medieval harps, Jorge Jimenez on Vielle, and vocals from the writer Clare Norburn. It recreates the delightful sound of the medieval age and in the same way that we embraced Steeleye Span’s Gaudete or Clannad’s Irish folk music it is an uplifting joyous sound that opens and closes each episode. But The Telling go further combining the music with costumed storytelling. 
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