Review - Lucy Worsley at Southwold Arts Festival

PUBLISHED: 21:43 03 July 2016 | UPDATED: 21:43 03 July 2016

Lucy Worsley at the 2016 Southwold Arts Festival. Picture by Chris Ure.

Lucy Worsley at the 2016 Southwold Arts Festival. Picture by Chris Ure.


The audience in Southwold had been waiting two years for Lucy Worsley’s visit to the Arts Festival and judging from the reaction on the night she had certainly been worth waiting for.

She had been invited to last year’s festival but had to decline due to a heavy filming schedule at the time.

So when her visit was announced for this year’s festival, it was the fastest selling show of the entire eight-day programme. Within a few weeks the show was completely sold out.

She came to the festival to talk about her book A Very British Murder, in which she writes about the British ghoulish fascination with violent death.She talked about infamous cases including the Suffolk Red Barn murder of Maria Marten and also her favourite crime writer Dorothy M Sayers.

She provided a fascinating historical perspective of the genre saying that this morbid fascination has resulted in novels, plays and even puppet theatre and has spawned an army of beloved fictional detectives from Sherlock Holmes to Miss Marple.

From the moment Lucy stepped on stage, she had the audience in the palm of her hand with her natural charm and polished performance.

Lucy Worsley is an articulate and skilled communicator who presents with supreme personal confidence and style.

Her passion for her subject and her ability to engage with an audience combined to create a truly memorable and enjoyable evening.

After her performance, she answered questions about her interesting joint career working as Chief Curator of the historic palaces and making television documentaries. She provided insider stories of Hampton Court Palace and talked about her career in documentary film making.

Review by Chris Ure

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