Brighton Fringe – Mary Blandy

Walking along the Strand in London to Trafalgar Square to try on a costume I become someone else.

Through the darkness I sense the character of a lady of Henley who met her death hung on holy ground in 1757.

Mary was not granted the right to appeal her conviction for poisoning her father.

She fed him a powder her lover gave her so that the father would let him marry her.

I have written a show to explain other problems created a difficult situation for Mary that were not considered at her 15 hour trial.

The 18th century prison cell she stayed in for almost a year was harsh. Is imprisonment enough for the worst of crimes?

Mary paid with her life. I spent time at historic Oxford Castle Prison to walk in her final footsteps. When I portray her I feel her strength. And now the costume completes the woman.

Hear my work and the story of Mary in Brighton Festival May 10-12 12pm here

2 thoughts on “Brighton Fringe – Mary Blandy

  1. Sounds like a story with two sides. On one hand someone committed a crime. But on the other hand, it sounded like Mary was standing up for her rights to be who she was in a time where certain standards were the norm. Have a good time presenting your work 🙂

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