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Cell Talk


by Dana Bagshaw

Set in the early fifteenth century, a time of political and religious unrest, this one-act play focuses on the meetings between Margery Kempe and the mystic Julian of Norwich who wrote 'Revelations of Divine Love'.

Described by her biographers as ‘extraordinary’, Kempe was a restless and troubled soul who travelled widely including undertaking a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  In contrast, Julian spent her later years as an anchoress living in a cell attached to the church in Norwich, dependent upon the local people to bring her food and water.  Yet, as this play shows, these two very different characters, ‘one rooted woman and one wandering woman’, delight in their meetings as they talk about life, love and God.

Both funny and profound, this play was joint winner of a Radius Plays Competition.  It has a cast of 2 women and lasts about an hour.

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