Upstairs, Downstairs’ Alice comes to the University of Buckingham

Viv McLean and Susan Porrett who will be peforming Divine Fire at the University of Buckingham.
Viv McLean and Susan Porrett who will be peforming Divine Fire at the University of Buckingham.
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Upstairs, Downstairs actress Susan Porrett, pictured, will be coming to peform at the University of Buckingham for one night only.

Susan will be pairing up with pianist Viv McLean, who has performed with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, to narrate Divine Fire – the story of Fryderyk Chopin and George Sand.

This production, so far only seen in the London area, is coming to The Radcliffe Centre on October 24, at 7.30pm, following a tour of the north east.

Interwoven with some of Chopin’s piano works, Divine Fire traces the relationship of Fryderyk Chopin and the author George Sand from their first meeting in Paris in 1836 until their parting in 1849.

Based on original correspondence, the story unfolds through Susan Porrett’s narration of events, interspersed with mood-evoking piano pieces played by Viv McLean.

Viv McLean trained at the Royal Academy of Music, and has performed with major orchestras, including the Philharmonia, with whom he played Beethoven’s Emperor concerto at the Royal Festival Hall.

Susan Porrett will be known for her role in Upstairs Downstairs, as the housemaid, Alice, and for playing the biology teacher in Grange Hill. She has a long list of TV (Foyles’ War, Midsomer Murders, Holby City, Poirot) and film credits, and seasons with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

For tickets contact Justine Kibler on 01280 820230.