Rosemary Sutcliff’s historical fiction novel about Islam, Blood and Sand, was made into a Japanese musical called ‘Love and Death in Arabia’ starring Matubo Sei of The Takarazuka Revue (宝塚歌劇団). Researching this on the internet has been completely absorbing and fascinating. Although my Japanese is poor, and Google translator unreliable, I have found more informationRead More »
Rosemary Sutcliff’s historical fiction Blood and Sand was made into musical theatre by 宝塚歌劇団 (The Takarazuka Revue). It was called ‘Love and Death in Arabia‘ and combined with a ‘fantasy’ Red Hot Sea (see here). Stars were Matobu Sei & Sakurano Ayane and it was advertised as a ‘musical romance’ about ‘love and death’ and ‘ a noble British arab warrior’. I never saw the show – a strange departure for the author of the classic The Eagle of the Ninth – but I have now found again some video material I once tracked down.
Blood and Sand was one of Rosemary Sutcliff’s historical novels written for adults. Based on real events, it is set in The Ottoman Empire, the ‘Sick Old Man of Europe’. Scot Thomas Keith, a former apprentice gunsmith from Edinburgh, is a young soldier with the 78th Highlanders in the Napoleonic wars. Turkish forces capture him in 1807 in the Nile deltaRead More »