The First Cut, or Isabella’s Revenge

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Wednesday, 11 March 2020
Royal Albert Memorial Museum

Performed in song and prose ‘The First Cut, Isabella’s Revenge’ tells fascinating stories about the Exeter Ship Canal, from Countess Isabella’s blockage of the river in 1292 to the last sludge boat trip in 1998. This concert version of a play staged in Topsham in November 2019 will be illustrated by original songs performed by four musicians to traditional tunes.

Members of Topsham’s Estuary Players and local musicians restage the show for RAMM’s gallery. Building on original documents and using songs, jokes, anachronism, embroidery and exaggeration, they tell the colourful story of the First Cut and its place in Exeter’s prosperity.

RECOIL at the Intrigues of Countess Isabella! SHUDDER at the violent altercation between the Earl and the Mayor! ADMIRE the Extraordinary Career of John Trew, Canal Builder!