Mystical motherhood: The Medium and The Wanton Sublime at Grimeborn

One of Grimeborn’s hottest tickets this season is the double bill of Peter Maxwell Davies’ The Medium and Tarik O’Regan’s The Wanton Sublime, performed to a sold-out audience in the warm, faintly dank cellar that is Arcola’s Studio 2. Seeing the two pieces in one evening led me to consider, for the first time, the idea of Jesus as an inversion of the changeling folktale trope. Both characters, among other preoccupations, grapple with a sense of frustrated motherhood: the Medium is haunted (and even possessed) by a “changeling child”, while Mary is confused and slightly resentful about why she was chosen, and what she was chosen for.

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Virgin Mary

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