Beatrice

1989

Beatrice is a strong independent woman from Montaillou, last stronghold of the Cathars. It is the 14th century and the Inquisition seeks out followers of this heretical Christian sect. Betrayal is commonplace; fearful people give evidence against family and friends; heretics burn at the stake. When her lover the priest is seized, the shadow of suspicion falls on Beatrice too. It’s through the Inquisition’s records that her life is revealed to us.

  • Written by Ian Brown

Cast

Mary McCusker
Beatrice

Production Team

Clare Venables
Director
Annabel Lee
Designer
George Tarbuck (Traverse Theatre)
Lighting Designer
Liz Ainley
Production/Stage Manager
Rose Sharp
Administration

Places and dates

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
11/04/1989 - 16/04/1989

‘Mary McCusker, under the flawless direction of Clare Venables, scales the heights and plumbs the depths of every emotion… warm and endearing, frail and strong, managing to grab attention and hold it.’
Kristina Woolnough The Glasgow Herald April 1989

‘A remarkable story well told. As a piece of history fascinatingly re-enacted, it is incomparable.’
Times Educational Supplement April 1989

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