It is she who stands behind so much of the action and adventure in the stories, whether as Morgan le Fay
sending a magical cloak which consumes to ashes anyone who puts it on, or as Ragnall setting Gawain to the supreme test of courtesy and love.
Barfield marks a passage in which Arthur entrusts Morgan le Fay
with the scabbard of Excalibur (1:59).
A remix of the traditional legend of King Arthur in which sorceress Morgan Le Fay
is recast on the side of good and as Merlin's soulmate sounds like a treat.
Through use of the red monocle, Gregory and Yolanda travel through time into the legendary court of King Arthur of Camelot, where with the help of Merlin an his apprentice they must outwit the enchantress Morgan le Fay
to rescue parallel worlds, ancient and modern.
The performance takes the audience on a journey back in time to the court of King Arthur Pendragon where Arthur, Merlin and the Knights of the Round Table battle with Morgan Le Fay
and the forces of evil.
Where was the chill of seduction, the fear that Arthur's most innocent of knights might be corrupted and perhaps a kingdom undermined by the darkness of Morgan Le Fay
As well as Arthur, there was an array of colourful characters including brave Sir Gawain, the lovely Guinevere, and the villainous Morgan le Fay
Stan will be joined on stage at the Irish Centre by various musical comrades including Archie Brown of the Young Bucks, international blues harpist Martin Fletcher (just back from touring in Holland and Belgium) and Cameron Smith of Morgan le Fay
He reimagines traditional villain Mordred, the illegitimate son of King Arthur and Arthur's half sister Morgan le Fay
, as a gay man wrongfully exiled and deprived of his rightful heritage; what's more, he's also the lover of Lancelot, the First Knight of Camelot.
The tales of Arthur, Merlin, Morgan le Fay
et al fit right into this worldview.
Among the few artists's models identified by name is the striking Fanny Eaton, the subject of a beautiful painting by the shortlived Joanna May Wills and an equally beautiful drawing by Frederic Sandys, who used her as the model for his painting Morgan Le Fay
in the Birmingham collection.
Sarah Riches steals the show as the wicked Morgan Le Fay
, revealing a pleasing singing voice in the process.
The merit of Merlin undeniably lies in Act II with the lengthy duo of soprano leads Nivian and Morgan Le Fay
accompanied by haunting woodwinds.
Frankova writes, "The ancient link between the Irish Great Goddess and the Green Man which [William] Anderson believes to be paralleled in Morgan Le Fay
and the Green Knight is echoed by Murdoch in the girl Moy, who is endowed with a special sensitivity to the creatures and inanimate objects of nature" (82).
One might also wish for a discussion of the many enchantresses and faeries of romance, from Launfal's alternately loving and violent faery mistress, to Morgan le Fay
with her rival courtly world, or Malory's Hellawes, who, when she fails to possess Launcelot's body dead or alive, dies of unrequited love.