In late 2006, folk/alt musician and writer Charlotte Greig asked Rachel Trezise to write the script for a character called Abby; a sixteen year old valleys teenager coping with an unplanned pregnancy.
The result was 'I Sing of a Maiden,' a multi-media performance that brought together singer Greig, writer Trezise, experimental film-maker Rachel Calder and young actress Carys Eleri, a conversation between the ancient and contemporary with folk songs from the 15th to 18th century performed live and interspersed with monologues that are both funny and heart-breaking. It played to sell out audience at Chapter Arts Centre in May and July 2007.
"Sisters, it appears, are doing it for themselves over at Chapter Arts Centre this week. Cardiff-based true crime writer/alt.folk singer (go figure!) Charlotte Greig teams up with Rachel Trezise, Rachel Calder and Carys Eleri to bring you I Sing of a Maiden.
It's a collaboration that explores the experience of young motherhood in Treorchy. Don't despair though it's not all doom and gloom up in the Valleys. We're promised an amusing script from Trezise; songs from Greig's (rather good) Quite Silent album; and an impressionistic 8mm filmic backdrop by Calder. Eleri will take care of all the acting.
Sounds interesting. So if you fancy some girl/girl/girl/girl multi-media action you'd better get down to Chapter Arts, Cardiff, on the following dates: Thursday 10th May - Saturday 12th May. Performances start at 8pm."
"Trezise's style utterly suits the oral performance, giving characters we never meet life and resonance." The Big Issue
"Elegiac, fragile and affecting, making sense of the old world living in the new."
Mojo (on Charlotte Greig)
"[a] startling performance from Carys Eleri."
The Western Mail