Meet the Iconic Fanny: A World Premiere Comedy That Will Leave You Starstruck!

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In a grand and premiere unveiling to the world, a company brings forth FANNY – an innovative and witty comedy written by Calum Finlay centering on the captivating life of Fanny Mendelssohn. To enhance the Irish custom of the Noble Call, derived from the tradition of inviting guests at a party to share a song, a poem, or respond to the atmosphere of the day, the producers have extended a special invitation to all female musicians to participate during the show’s run at The Watermill from Thursday 23 May to Saturday 15 June.

Musicians of all types, levels, and backgrounds are welcomed to add their names to the list and present a musical piece at the end of each night’s performance to carry forward the legacy of the remarkable female musicians that came before them. For more details and to sign up, please visit the Watermill website or click here.

Director Katie-Ann McDonough elucidates, “FANNY shines a light on the remarkable talents of women in the arts and music industry. It’s only fitting to provide a stage for them to showcase their skills. I am eagerly awaiting the diverse and talented female musicians who will join us at the Watermill and share their gifts with the audience. This noble call pays homage to the immense heritage of women in music and celebrates the ongoing contributions of female artists today.”

Presented by RJG Productions and The Watermill Theatre, under the direction of Katie-Ann McDonough, this exuberant and audacious new comedy honors the world of classical music and, for once and all, gives recognition to a composer who has been neglected due to her gender.

But who exactly is this overlooked composer?

You may recognize her younger sibling, Felix Mendelssohn, whose chart-topping hits in the 19th century include The Wedding March. He was the star of his era, even performing at a private concert for Queen Victoria, but with one condition – he had to play her all-time favorite song, Italien. However, history has now revealed that Felix was compelled to confess to the Queen that the piece was actually composed by his sister, Fanny, and published under his name.

FANNY takes us on a journey where Fanny intercepts a letter addressed to “F. Mendelssohn,” inviting him… or her?

https://www.watermill.org.uk/fanny

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