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A new stage show about a bisexual woman who witnesses key moments in radical English history, collector of tears by Sean Burn, is touring nationally in autumn.
collector of tears is a sweeping love story that spans four centuries in the life of the cursed Sunderland woman Tanya Sealt. Tanya’s curse is that she cannot age until she has cried. Tanya witnesses key radical moments in English history, collecting tears as she does and storing them in glass containers. As she opens each container, she shares the stories of the tears inside with her audience.
Tanya’s journey teaches her to fight for human rights, and creates the circumstances for her to come to terms with her own bisexuality and unageing identity. Then finally, on the day of Margaret Thatcher’s resignation on 22 November 1990, Tanya discovers the key to releasing her tears.
Colin Teevan says of the show: ‘Sean Burn’s collector of tears is a sweeping epic of a monologue that traverses centuries yet concerns itself with the most intimate of emotions. Full of surprising poetry, an artful weave of half-remembered myths, it is a theatrical Orlando for our times.’
This is a powerful, exciting play that celebrates queer identities and the long-running tradition of radicalism in England.
Customs House Studio, South Shields – 0191 454 1234
15 October 7.30pm
16 October 7.30pm
Caedmon Hall, Gateshead / 0191 433 6965
17 October 7.30pm
Key Theatre, Peterborough / 01733 207239
23 October 7.45pm
The Place, Bedford / 01234 354321
27 October 7.30pm
Arts Centre Washington / 0191 219 3455
30 October 7.30pm
Ilkley Playhouse (Studio) / 01943 609539
1 November 7.30pm
Marlborough Theatre, Brighton / 01273 273870
5 November 7.30pm
Bristol Bierkellar / 0117 930 4264
6 November 8pm
Wolverhampton Arena / 01902 321321
7 November 7.30pm