It is 1605, and alchemist and mathematician Dr John Dee has decided to leave Manchester, dogged by accusations of devil-worship, spying and trickery.

Though he retains his post of Warden of the collegiate church, he has no intention to return.

His daughter Katherine has followed her father from the court of Elizabeth I through Poland, Bohemia and, finally, to Manchester, in the pursuit of knowledge, fame and the voices of angels.

She reflects upon her father’s life: his role in the defeat of the Spanish Armada, his experiments in magic and his precarious position within the changing politics of the late Tudor court.

Was he a misunderstood renaissance man or a charlatan who deserved his unpopularity and fallen reputation?

Katherine Dee is played by local poet, actor and vicar Rachel Mann, and the play is directed by Daisy Black.

Location: Manchester Cathedral – Chapter House
Date: Saturday 20 September at 11.00 am, 12 noon and 1.00 pm
Admission: £5 (adult), £1 (child – suitable for 6+)


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