Trailing Rhiannon

Trailing Rhiannon interweaves Celtic folksong and storytelling techniques to tell the story of a resilient Welsh heroine.

“May I carry you?  As we walk I will tell you the story of how I destroyed my child – and devoured her.”

Falsely accused of eating her own child, Rhiannon is forced to stand outside her home, stopping passersby to tell them the gruesome tale of a crime she did not commit.  The story she shares follows the trail of her life: from the Otherworld to this one, past jealous princes and stones that speak, surveyed by birds that dart across the sky with letters in their beaks.  In the search for her story’s ending, Rhiannon discovers something all the more elusive – the proof of her innocence. 


Production History

Workshop at Chapter Arts Center (UK) Directed by Sam Alice Jones, produced by Little Minute Theatre

Workshop supported by Cardiff University’s School of Welsh, St. Fagan’s Museum of National History, the Arthurian Society

Reading at McCarter Theatre Lab’s In the Writer’s Voice Invited reading with 6 professional playwrights

Performance at Princeton University’s Lewis Center for the Arts Directed by Abigail Jean-Baptiste


Press

Welsh mythology making waves across the Atlantic (Cardiff University News)
Trailing Rhiannon (Princeton University Homepage)

Awards

Music Theatre Award
Alan S. Downer Prize
Princeton Environmental Institute Book Prize