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I, Spie

John Dowland and the Secret Service

I, Spie

Supported by a grant from Continuo Foundation

Supported by Continuo Foundation

John Dowland and his grisly dealings with the Elizabethan Secret Service with music by Dowland, his contemporaries and tavern, street & courtly music.

Centred around an extraordinary letter written by Renaissance composer/lutenist John Dowland to spymaster Sir Robert Cecil in 1595, this spell-binding concertplay (where music and theatre collide) by award-winning writer Clare Norburn and BAFTA-nominated director Nicholas Renton imagines what might have happened next.

I, Spie tells the story of how John Dowland manages to foil an Italian plot on the life of Queen Elizabeth I and his ensuing grisly dealings with the Secret Service. Think Blackadder meets Spooks with music by Dowland, his contemporaries and Elizabethan tavern, street and courtly masque music.


Church House, Glan Conwy
St Fraid's Parc Derwen, Colwyn Bay, LL28 5, United Kingdom

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