About the Book
The historical accounts from King Henry VIII and Queen Anne’s time are steeped in controversy, contradiction, and irony. Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII, was put to death on trumped up charges of adultery and incest. In fact, her husband, frustrated by his wife’s failure to provide him with a son, simply wanted a way out of his marriage. Within days of Anne’s execution, Henry married his third wife, Jane Seymour. The injustice of Anne’s situation, coupled with the obvious hidden agendas and willful ignorance of the people in power make this story irresistibly compelling. In a fresh and remarkably contemporary take on this fascinating story, Patterson captures the intricate web of suspense, intrigue, and complicated human relationships in a script that is at turns hilarious, devastating and disturbing, but ultimately uplifting.
News & Reviews
“Patterson artfully examines not just the inevitability of death, but the rewards to be gained by accepting it with some dignity. Head is everything theatre should be.” —Winnipeg Sun
About the Author
Debbie Patterson is a Winnipeg actor, playwright, composer, and musician. She studied acting at the National Theatre School of Canada, is a founding member of Shakespeare in the Ruins, and the former Artistic Director of the Popular Theatre Alliance of Manitoba. Her other plays include two one-woman shows: Pandora’s Squeezebox: a sex love power pleasure cabaret, and Wide Open Beaver: Uncut Canadian Content, as well as Candy From a Baby, which won Best of the Fest at the 2006 Winnipeg Fringe. She lives in Winnipeg with her fabulous family: partner Arne MacPherson and their two children Gislina and Solmund.