School of History, Classics & Archaeology

The Remarkable Deliverances of Alice Thornton

Two missing manuscripts of the autobiographical writings of Alice Wandesford Thornton (1626-1707) were recently rediscovered by Dr Cordelia Beattie, School of History, Classics and Archaeology, in Durham Cathedral. As part of her reseaerch project, and Being Human, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities, this one-woman show reflects on one woman’s life and experiences across the span of the seventeenth century, against the turbulent backdrop of civil war, plague, fire … and the treacherous world of North Yorkshire society.

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Written and performed by Debbie Cannon (Green Knight, winner of Female Actor Award, Buxton Fringe 2018) and directed by Flavia D’Avila of Fronteiras Theatre Lab, this event is part of the Being Human Festival, the UK’s only festival of the humanities, bringing together universities with creative partners to stage stimulating and engaging activities that make research accessible and relevant.

Free but ticketed. The performance will be followed by a Q&A and the performance on 14 November will be livestreamed.


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Lost manuscript found in Cathedral archives

Image: © Durham Cathedral

Nov 16 2019 -

The Remarkable Deliverances of Alice Thornton

Based on the writings of Alice Thornton and a project by Dr Cordelia Thornton, this one woman show reflects on life in the seventeenth century. Part of the Being Human Festival.

Scottish Storytelling Centre, 43-45 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1SR