Saturday, December 19th, 2015

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So, I spent the day driving to Hanover, New Hampshire, to see this year's Revels North production, which this year had the first performance ever of a new telling of the ballad of Tam Lin using a script by Susan Cooper (the author, on whom more in a minute) and Will Rowan and Maureen Buford.

It's described in the program as "Inspired by Susan Cooper's children's book Tam Lin". (Which came out in 1991.)

(Buford is just ending a decade as the Artistic Director of Revels North, and Rowan is the Associate Music Director for the production.)

I found out about the production thanks to A. Acland, who has run the excellent and amazing Tam Lin site at http://tam-lin.org/ for more than a decade now. She also has a great Tumblr highlighting art, music, retellings, and more, and the site itself is a wealth of detailed information about the ballad. (And I promised her notes, so here they are for everyone.)

(I live just outside of Boston, so driving to New Hampshire was a 4 hour round trip. It was totally worth it here.)

A little housekeeping:
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About the Revels )
About Susan Cooper )
About Tam Lin )
About this specific production )

Footnotes )
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