Dr Dee's Daughter and the Philosopher's Stone

In 1595, Dr John Dee, alchemist, astronomer and magician, relocates to drafty Manchester College, where the Queen has made him warden. While he is immersed in work and trying to convince the dons he isn't talking to the Devil, his young daughter Katherine is left to herself.

Looking through her father's old diaries, Katherine reads about his abandoned quest to discover the Philosopher's Stone - the Elixir of Life. Katherine experiments, and manages to summon a playful spirit, Madimi. With Madimi's aid, Katherine starts her own search for the Philosopher's Stone.

But using Dee's magic crystal has opened a pathway and not all those who use it are as friendly as Madimi...

Dr Dee's Daughter and the Philosopher's Stone is a collaboration with recorder quartet PalisanderMusic is an important aspect of the story telling, with the musicians playing an interactive role in the production. As interesting to see as they are to listen to, a range of recorders from 6 inches to 6 feet tall, add to the air of mystery. The repertoire is inspired by the time frame in which the story is set: Renaissance England during the reign of Elizabeth I.

"A complete and brilliant package" (5* - The Latest) Full review

"Superb on all levels" (G Scene) Full review

"Imaginative and enjoyable...informative, accessible and engaging...the puppetry was well performed and lots of fun." 

Mark Enyon, Festival Director, Newbury Spring Festival

"One of the highlights of our Festival...a family show which will be a hard act to follow...the writing was really clever." 

Clare Norburn, Festival Director, Brighton Early Music Festival

To book Dr Dee's Daughter & The Philosopher's Stone for your venue or festival, please contact us for touring information and costs. We can also provide accompanying music or puppetry workshops tailored to your specifications.

Cast & Creative
Katherine Dee / Ludovico / Katherine Dee puppeteer

Dr Dee / Madimi / Raphael puppeteer

Music - Palisander

Musical Arrangement
Lighting Design

Costume Embroidery
Set and props

Katie Sommers

Eleanor Conlon

Miriam Nerval

Lydia Gosnell

Caoimhe De Paor

Hannah St Clair Buggs

Charlotte Barbour-Condini

Eleanor Conlon

Miriam Nerval

Natalie Rowland (Pitch Black)

Katie Sommers

Eleanor Conlon

Pamela Conlon

Scarlett Hayler-King

Katie Sommers

Tom Peteuil