|Cast of Musical 'Armada' -John Dee in centre|
Sometimes you learn by coincidence and this happened to me with the name of Tudor astrologist John Dee. I am trying to remember whether I was listening to Radio 4 or listening to the TV whilst C watched and I was here on the PC, when John Dee was mentioned and I started listening. What struck me was that the narrator was saying that Queen Elizabeth 1st never made any decisions without consulting the occultist. C has always been very keen on anything to do with the Tudors, every film and TV series, book and magazine is devoured. I must have listened vicariously to Bette Davis, Cate Blanchett, and Glenda Jackson and Helen Mirren scores of times without hearing a word ,from my corner of the sitting room and facing away from the set. But remember HE does not do Wallender or University Challenge . He is therefore very disappointed that His Heroine could not make decisions using her brain , as he has always assumed. She has I am afraid joined the ranks of Indian businessmen with their fortunetelling before deals, Madame Arcarti and all other send-ups and his reticence to buy a Rosa diablo, Gloriana has fallen from his grace. I add here that my own god-daughter has unfriended me on Facebook just because I warned her of doing online Tarot Cards, as any Christian Godmother would do I hope.
|Queen Elizabeth in Armada|
We were in York having lunch in the Spurriergate Centre just as the York Musical Theatre Company were giving the people that lunch a sampler of their musical Armada which is next week 28/29/30th July at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre. Our daughter in Sussex is a keen singer and was Mabel in G and S Pirates recently, and we know just how hard a cast will have to work , not least those making costumes and working behind the scenes and front of house. I hope the production of Armada goes well, the costumes were great and a preview of the sound may be heard on their own website. John Dee plays a part in this musical, so I am off to look him up and see what I can find out about him from the books on Tudors in this house. Usually I get all my facts from Horrible Histories or Sellar and Yeatman. I want to get them straight this time incase we end up talking about him in our homegroup or reading Blessings and Curses again.