BLENHEIM PALACE, 1 NOVEMBER 1997

“You came to Save the Children.”
I wrote special additional material for the Save the Children Benefit Performance, and a little background in Celtic folklore would not be amiss.  The Queen of the Sidh (pronounced shee) is the queen of the fairies and the mute children she holds in thrall are about to be taken into her underground realm to “live” happily ever after (or until she tires of them).  But once they are taken under the ground, they will be lost to the mortal world forever.  In the course of the night, bumbling though I appear to be, thrice I offer to tell my story for the children, and thrice the Queen agrees, never imagining that my intent is to rescue them from her and return them to the living.  When, at the end of my performance, they regain their voices, she realizes that she has been duped and I have won the Waifs away from her.  Although she surrenders the children, she determines to make me pay for my trickery and takes Grumpuss to add to her own repertoire of fairy tales. 

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