Incest and “Fallen In Love: The Secret Heart of Anne Boleyn”
Posted By Claire on May 15, 2013
There has been some speculation online regarding the content of the “Fallen In Love: The Secret Heart of Anne Boleyn” which is being performed at the Tower of London and Gippeswyk Hall this month and next. The speculation and debate has occurred due to an article at Royal Central which refers to the play being “controversial” and describes it as “about Anne Boleyn’s incestuous relationship with her brother”.
Obviously, this statement has upset some people and led to criticisms of the play – nobody wants the incest myth propagated all over again – but the article from Royal Central has got it all wrong. Here’s a statement Joanna Carrick, the writer and director of the play, asked me to publish just to clarify things:
“Just for the record, I could not have more respect for the memory of both Anne and George Boleyn. In my research and writing I have been rigorous about historical accuracy and made every attempt to create as authentic a portrayal as I can. The play explores their relationship in depth; the support they had for each other and their friendship and sibling devotion. It also deals with the false allegations made against them and with their brutal and unjust deaths. In “meddling with their cause” I have attempted in every way “to judge the best”. I do hope you will join us at The Tower.”
I am going to see Fallen in Love on Sunday and I will review it here on The Anne Boleyn Files next week. Further information on the play can be found at http://falleninlove2013.blogspot.co.uk/
(Thank you so much to Barb at The Tudor Tutor Facebook page for sharing the article and starting the discussion.)