Loading performances

« All performances

  • This event has passed.

Rehearsed Reading of ‘China Masques’ – Runner Up, Taking Flight New Writing Competition

10th July at 11:30 am - 12:30 pm


With Queen Elizabeth getting older, and with no successor, Sir Robert Cecil is risking treason by secretly negotiating with the King of the Scots to take over the throne, but at this festive time, and with the arrival of a special visitor, he has hopes of at last opening up a route to China. Will he succeed in his desires, or will circumstance and the new King thwart his hopes? We shine a new light on Queen Elizabeth’s chief minister and reveal him to be a sinophile, an avid collector of porcelain and even the Charles Henry Harrod of his day.

A mostly true tale of political intrigue, social change and one man’s obsession with China and, as our story unfolds against the backdrop of the elaborate and luxurious celebrations of the Elizabethan and Jacobean Courts, we witness a collection of works by Sir John Davies and Ben Jonson, with additional text from Ross Ericson, that have not been performed in public for over 400 years.

Taking Flight Festival
Red Dragonfly’s New Writing Festival and nationwide Competition is back! Championing new and emerging British East and South East Asian playwrights this fourth season will feature a performance of the winning full length 1 hour play and a rehearsed reading of new work.

Supported by funding from Arts Council England.

Book now


10th July
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Event Category:


Rotunda Theatre, Wells Recreation Ground
Recreation Ground
Wells, Somerset BA5 1SG United Kingdom
+ Google Map
View Venue Website