Sally Marie’s Sweetshop Revolution

I loved you and I loved you

If you close your eyes and listen what do you hear

When Morfydd Owen closed her eyes she would have heard nothing but music. Songs, symphonies and piano pieces poured through her.

In her few short years she won more awards than anyone else in the entire history of the Royal Academy of Music. She was beautiful too, garnering 21 marriage proposals by the age of 21. Her friendships included DH Lawrence, Ezra Pound and Ernest Jones, Freud’s closest associate and her future husband.

I loved you and I loved you tells the true story of this gifted composer, who died mysteriously at just 26, after being operated on by Jones on the kitchen table. Her life was emotionally complex, yet her art remains rapturous and transporting.

This production, half-way between dance and a play, explores Morfydd Owen’s music and two major relationships – the man she married, and the one she longed to love.

The Times   –★★★★  The Observer –★★★★  Exeunt -★★★★  Cloud Dance Festival –★★★★

Presented by Sweetshop Revolution, commissioned and produced by Coreo Cymru @ Chapter. Co-produced by Galeri Caernarfon with support from The Lowry, Trinity Laban, Central School of Ballet, Greenwich Dance and National Theatre Wales.

Supported by Arts Council England and Arts Council of Wales lottery schemes.


The extensive tour included: 

  • The Place Theatre, (Work in progress);
  • Theatr Ardudwy, Gwynedd, (Previews);
  • Zoo Venue, Scotland (premiere as part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe)
  • The Courtyard, Hereford
  • Chelsea and Westminster Hospital 1pm. Foyer (Excerpts)
  • The Plough, Great Torrington
  • Taliesin, Swansea
  • Mac, Birmingham
  • The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead
  • Stanley and Audrey, Leeds ( Excerpts)
  • The Lowry, Salford Quays,
  • Artsdepot, London,
  • Galeri, Caernarfon,
  • Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Lincoln,
  • The Arts Centre, Edge Hill Uni,
  • The Capstone Theatre, Liverpool,
  • Stahl Theatre, Oundle School
  • Cardiff Dance Festival,
  • DanceEast, Jerwood DanceHouse Ipswich



Sally Marie – Director; Brian Ellsbury – Music Director; Carole Blade – Producer; Martin Collins – Producer; Elisabeth Schiling – Assistant Producer; Louise Hynes – Production Manager; Philip Jeck – Sound Designer; Emma Bailey – Costume Designer; David Curless – Marketing Designer; Geoff Coleman – Acting Coach; Roswith Chesher – Videographer; Wendy Huston – Mentor; Carole Blade – Mentor; John McGrath – Mentor


Faith Predergast – Dancer; Daniel Whiley – Dancer; Karl Fagerlund Brekke– Dancer; Ellen Williams – Singer; Brian Ellsbury – Pianist