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 Palisander. Music 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
Caoimhe De Paor
Hannah St Clair Buggs
Natalie Rowland (Pitch Black)