Belgrade youth participant Rowan McDonnell recently came to see our critically-acclaimed production of May Queen. Find out what they had to say, plus read exclusive chats with writer Frankie Meredith and movement director Kimisha Lewis.

‘Godiva, Godiva, will come. Godiva, Godiva, will come.’

Godiva did come back to Coventry, and to the B2 theatre, in the form of 16-year-old Leigh – portrayed brilliantly by Yasmin Dawes – in Frankie Meredith’s May Queen. We’re going behind the scenes of what goes on in May Queen, including looking into the visual aspect of the show with movement choreographer Kimisha Lewis.

First brought to life during Paines Plough’s Roundabout residency in Wood End last summer, co-produced with the Belgrade for their City of Culture programme, May Queen tells the story of Leigh, who is chosen to perform as Coventry’s May Queen in the May Day parade. The traditional-style festival is put on in the hopes of lifting the spirits of Coventrians, after a challenging few years.

We follow Leigh on a rollercoaster experience from her most confident moments, to the emotional impact of the newfound fame and the marionetting by organiser Mark – who is also known as ‘Marks and Sparks’, hilariously nicknamed by Leigh.