Sing A Song of Sixpence written by Arlene Pryce
Heritage Theatre Company Cymru
Heritage Theatre Cymru, the resident theatre group at Redhouse Arts Centre, present Sing A Song of Sixpence written by Arlene Pryce. Based on the story of Mary Ann Rees who was murdered in Merthyr, in 1908, she has gained a place in the town’s folklore by being named by those who believe in ghosts as “the White Lady” who haunts Ynysfach and areas near Merthyr College.
The prostitute, Mary Ann Rees was found at the bottom of a 40 foot disused chimney hole, on Christmas Eve, 1908. The disused Coke Ovens where she was found were occupied at the time by the homeless of Merthyr and the area near the Iron Bridge was renowned for prostitution and different kinds of criminality. The play explores this world at the beginning of the twentieth century, through the female perspective, and specifically, looks at the life of Mary Ann Rees and her relationship with her lover, William Joseph Foy, who was hung for her murder in Swansea Gaol in 1909. It is an interesting dimension to the play that he was first held in a police cell on the ground floor of what is now, Redhouse Arts Centre, where the play is performed.
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