Triumph 1621: Live Recording of The Sun in Aries Recon

Episode 191,  Dec 20, 2021, 09:30 AM

Live reconstruction of The Sun in Aries by Thomas Middleton - the 1621 Lord Mayor's Show

Triumph 1621: Reconstructing: The Sun in Aries by Thomas Middleton. This is mostly an uncut recording of the 12pm show, our first of the day, from various outdoor recording positions that have been edited together into one track. It was not an ideal day to record on - it had rained for most of the morning and, though this performance was dry, our equipment was still largely covered in plastic. A few sections have been taken from other parts of the day for technical reasons.
There will be a SPOILERS episode of the podcast coming out next year, where we explicate a bit about what's going on in the original show, as the text survives to us. 
Do go to our website where there are photos and links to videos about the show - or there will be very shortly. 
The Sun in Aries by Thomas Middleton, performed from 12pm on Friday 29th October 2021, 400 years after the original performance in 1621

Crier - Aliki Chapple
Thomas Middleton - Alexandra Kataigida
Jason - Charlie Beer
Fame - Holly Bartlett Giles
The Re-edified Standard - Daniel Yabut
Aries - Quinn Scott
Lord Mayor Edward Barkham - Gregory Musson

Music by Passamezzo, led by Tamsin Lewis with
Adrian Woodward - trumpet
Richard de Winter - singer
Robin Jeffrey - lute

Icon Bearers (silent, but you might hear the reactions to them... especially Tom)
Helen Good - Guildhall
Stephen Longstaffe - Westminster
Elizabeth Amisu - St Paul's
Angela McShane - The Standard
Tom Helsby - Six Knights Personified, St Lawrence Lane

Stage Manager - Valentina Vinci
Assistant Stage Manager - Liza Graham
Costumes - Callum Coates and the Lion's Part
Additional Sound Recording - Emma Kennedy
Photography - Simon Nader
Whifflers: Heydn McCabe, Rob Myson, Emma Kemp, Briony Sparrow, Pollie Hall

City Chronologer - Tracey Hill
Research Assistant - Kerstin Grunwald-Hope
Youth Director - Sam Plumb
Chaperone - Beverley Purkiss-Dean 
Online Costume Design - Sarah Blake
Pageant Master - Robert Crighton

Thanks to The Revd George Bush, Danniella Downs, Matthew Beaumont and the City of London team, Ellena Schuster-Farrell, Claire Dumontier-Marriage, Christine Moia, ALL the people who signed up and expressed interest in the show, Eleanor Rycroft, Annaliese Connolly, Lois Potter, Perry Mills, Eric Karoulla, Rachael Nicole, Angela McShane, and Joe Fawcett for additional recording equipment.

Triumph 1621 could not have happened without the generous support of the Cheapside Business Alliance, SRS Public Engagement Scheme, Bath Spa University, and St Mary le Bow Church.

LINKS: Our first reading of the text can be found on YouTube -
Other material is/or will soon appear on our website -

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