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Manks Concert in memory of Sophia Morrison - 'The Charm': A Manx dialect play by Christopher Shimmin, performed by The Michael Players

Published on 12 Apr 2017

One of the most important plays in the Manx dialect theatre tradition, written by the Isle of Man’s best-renowned playwright, and performed by the leading modern Manx dialect theatre: Christopher Shimmin’s ‘The Charm’ performed by The Michael Players RBV.

First performed in 1912 on the same stage on which it is performed here, at the Peel Centenary Centre, the play is about an unhappily married couple who undergo transformation through the effects of a travelling charmer.

Devised by Sophia Morrison, written by Christopher Shimmin and first performed by the legendary Peel Players, the play was created as a pillar of the Manx Cultural Revival. Incorporating elements of dialect, folklore, customs, traditional crafts and even the contents of Manx homes, the play was devised as offering a window into traditional Manx life, as well as offering an enjoyable play.
This play has an important role in the history of Manx culture, and when performed by the likes of the Michael Players RBV, it will have you laughing aloud and enjoying it from the start to the finish.

This is a part of the “Manks Concert” marking the anniversary of the death of Sophia Morrison.
Held at the Peel Centenary Centre on the 14th of January 2017, it marked the 100th anniversary of the death of this great figure of Manx cultural history.

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