Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel

Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel

A one-woman play with music created by Lucy Stevens

Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel weaves the life of Virginia Woolf, as expressed in her own words, with music and songs by female composers who were her contemporaries – much of which is out of print and rarely performed.

Through Woolf’s writing, it reveals her troubled childhood and her views on literature, Bloomsbury and the challenges women face as artists.

Laura Doddington Photography

Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel’ is the latest collaboration between professional actor and classical singer, Lucy Stevens and pianist Elizabeth Marcus, a Fellow and Professor of Harpsichord at Guildhall School of Music. Following their previous acclaimed plays about women in music:

‘Ethel Smyth: Grasp the Nettle’ Superb acting and vocal performances … Funny, touching and uplifting – A must see!”  Light Music Society.
‘Kathleen Ferrier Whattalife!’ “ … superbly gifted, Lucy Stevens, with a voice of this calibre, it would be easy for a singer to indulge, but Whattalife! is a seamless balance of speech and music”.  localsecrets.com.

Being Human Festival 2019

Audience responses to performed excerpts on 20 November 2019 in the Shaw Library, London School of Economics.

Laura Doddington Photography

Performance DiaryVirginia Woolf: Killing the Angel – 2021

2021

July

Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel Sat 3 – London Song Festival 2pm Hinde Street Methodist Church, London WIU 2QJ

Virginia Woolf: an illustrated talk with songs Wed 8 London School of Economics from The Shaw Library. An online event. Tickets

Virginia Woolf: an illustrated talk with songs Thurs 15 Deal Music Arts Festival 2021

Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel Thurs 15 Deal Music Arts Festival 2021 East Kent.

Virginia Woolf: an illustrated talk with songs Thurs 22 1pm Hitchin Arts Festival 2021 St Mary’s Church, Hitchin.

October

Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel Thurs 14 Theatre Royal Winchester, Jewry Street, Winchester SO23 8SB

Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel Sun 24 3pm Blackheath Halls The Great Hall, 23 Lee Road, Blackheath, London SE3 9RQ

Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel Sat 30 – Lighthouse 21 Kingsland Road, Poole, Dorset BH15 1UG

Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel Sun 31 – Dorchester Corn Exchange, High East St, Dorset DT1 1HF

November

Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel Wed 24 – The Guildhall Arts Center, Grantham, St Peter’s Hill NG31

Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel Thurs 25 – Louth Riverhead Theatre, Victoria Road, Louth, LN11

Past Performances 2020

Virginia Woolf: Killing the Angel

October 24 & 25Bloomsbury Festival – Holy Cross Church, London WC1 “I’m buzzing after seeing Lucy Stevens new play #KillingtheAngel. The script is entirely extracted from Virginia Woolf’s novels, essays & life writing, with insight into Woolf’s groundbreaking feminist work in the context of her patriarchal upbringing. Don’t miss this!!!” Lana Bode

March 15 – North London Lauderdale House, Highgate Hill, London “This was such a great show Lucy Stevens amazing performance as Virginia Woolf and well deserved standing ovation at Lauderdale House” Mrs Shaw Herself

March – Stamford Arts Centre St Mary’s Street, Stamford, Lincs. “Dramatic and informative telling of this compelling story. The music included a wide variety of songs, Lucy with a warm, rich contralto voice and even an extract from Beethoven’s opus 111 piano sonata, beautifully played by Liz Marcus.  I came away with new insights into the complex character of one of our literary greats and enthused to read and learn more”. Martin Fellows

March – Redbridge Drama Centre, East London “A stunning piece of research, writing, acting singing and production – and unearthing some little known aspects of VW’s life. A valuable contribution. Brava” Janet Gibson, Convenor of the Opera All Party Parliamentary Group

Contact – information and bookings

Penny Mayes (producer)  penny@dramatic-solutions.co.uk  call +44 7790 456169

Lucy Stevens www.lucystevens.com