The Queen's Conjuror
John Dee was a 16th century adviser to Queen Elizabeth, and a scientist and magician when those two professions were indistinguishable. The Queen's Conjuror follows John Dee as he tries to decipher an enticing but ominous vision which he hopes will provide critical information that will impress the QueenElizabeth enough to gain her patronage. To do this, Dee enlists the help of Edward Kelley, a scryer, medium, and possible charlatan. Kelley proves to be as brilliant as he is disturbed, and Dee must work through the wretchedness of Kelley's soul and his erratic behaviour to access his revelatory visions and gain the Queen's support. The show explores the complexity of intimacy, the dangers of vulnerability, and the necessities of both for the alchemical transformation of the soul.
Directed by Alec Toller
Written by Alec Toller & Joshua Browne
Featuring Tim Walker
The Attic Arts Hub
1402 Queen St E
Nov 3 - Nov 20
Wed - Sat, 8pm
$20 Student/Arts Worker
Tickets on Sale Soon.
Press Photography by John Gundy
Supported by Toronto Arts Council with funding from the City of Toronto.
"Where the success of this production begins and ends is with its performers and Toller... who [are] clearly not interested in easy answers, but rather in the complex relationship between belief systems and humans’ inner and outer lives."
- Karen Fricker, Toronto Star
"Blending drama, humour and Elizabethan politics into a tight script that focuses more on individuals than grand scope, the production is a joy to experience"
- Vance Brews, Mooney on Theatre
"Terrific production... refreshing in its intriguing storytelling, premise and its convincing formal language."
- Lynn Slotkin, The Slotkin Letter
"Lovely work from the cast in this intimate period drama... The Queen’s Conjuror is about how people interpret the information they’re given – and how their subsequent actions impact on their lives."
- Life With More Cowbell
"Psychology and prophecies in Elizabeth I’s reign make for a compelling story."
- Jon Kaplan, NOW Magazine