girl.boy.child at Plas Newydd
David McAlmont’s ‘girl.boy.child’ comes to Anglesey for two exclusive performances this autumn.
25 and 26 October, 7.30pm
Following a sell-out performance in London, renowned singer songwriter David McAlmont brings his unique show to Plas Newydd on Anglesey for two exclusive performances at the home of the ‘Dancing Marquess’ that inspired his work.
Described as a “poignant queer tale for our times”, girl.boy.child is a mesmerising blend of history, song and image that explores the lives of three people, closely linked to National Trust properties, who challenged the conventions of sexuality and gender of their day: Christopher St John who lived at Smallhythe, Kent; William John Bankes from Kingston Lacy, in Dorset and, and Henry Cyril Paget, the 5th Marquess of Anglesey.
The performance will bring to life extraordinary tales of these three pioneers and their deep connections to the places they created and inhabited.
As well as enjoying the show, guests will also get a special after hours look into some of the rooms at plas Newydd, including a new 5th Marquess Room, dedicated to henry Cyril Paget that contains recently discovered and previously unseen photographs of the marquess at play in the grounds of Plas Newydd and candid images of his performance troupe.
This unique performance emerges from a two year collaboration between renowned singer and historian, David McAlmont, the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries at the University of Leicester and the National Trust.
Together McAlmont and Professor Sandell spent the past year visiting Trust properties, meeting with experts, exploring the houses and archives and researching the often lesser-known stories of same sex love and desire and gender diversity they hold.
David explains why these performances will be extra special at Plas Newydd
“It’s an honour to be able to perform in the home of the Dancing Marquess, Henry Cyril Paget, and bring these stories to life.
Performing in the same rooms that the marquess called home, the home that once housed his famous Gaiety Theatre, will hopefully give the performance an added dimension and a real sense of place.”