Hildegard of Bingen and the Living Light
Linn Maxwell

Twelfth century nun Hildegard of Bingen was an extraordinary woman. She wrote, composed, went on preaching tours, experimented with homeopathy, argued with popes and cardinals and even had time to fit in visions from the titular Living Light. Her fascinating story is brought to life vividly by Linn Maxwell, who not only embodies Hildegard but also performs some of her compositions on an array of period instruments, and handles her medieval props with such familiarity that it's easy to believe that she has used them all her life. The play might benefit from a less sedate ending, but it's strong throughout, charismatically performed and is the kind of quirky, interesting subject matter that makes for a real Fringe find.

tw rating: 4/5

published: Aug-2010

Jennifer McGregor