Dead Medieval Princess – “she died 700 years ago!”

Kate wants her essay to show how personal and political lives merged in Medieval Portugal. But she can’t find any information about a dead princess or that anyone tried to pursue justice. She was murdered by her husband who faced no repercussions.

We move to today – at crimes motivated by misogyny. How can we make women’s lives safer? The police don’t seem to care. When Amber is frightened of a group of youths one evening, the police officer even suggests that she may have ‘encouraged’ it.

Kate’s essay only earns her 50% because she concentrated on the dead princess and didn’t meet the requirements. So Kate decides to write about her for her dissertation. But she can’t find enough information. Women’s lives were barely documented in the Middle Ages. Her sponsor advises her to broaden her subject, but while Kate agrees, she takes a very different approach.

Written and directed by Vivi Bayliss

With:
Lydia Kenny as Kate
Catherine Mclean as Amber
AJ Deane as Professor Castor and the Police Office
and
Emma Wilkes as Professor Macrides and the News Reporter

Produced by Cat on a Piano Productions

Music:
Yonder Hill and Dale by Aaron Kenny
Jupiter’s Smile by The 126ers
A Baroque Letter by Aaron Kenny

The Theatrephonic Theme tune was composed by Jackson Pentland
Performed by
Jackson Pentland
Mollie Fyfe Taylor
Emmeline Braefield

Cat on a Piano Productions produce and edit feature films, sketches and radio plays.

Their latest project is called @Theatrephonic, a podcast of standalone radio plays and short stories performed by professional actors. You can catch Theatrephonic on Spotify and other platforms.

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