The Matter of Britain

Performance Storytelling

5 - 8 February 2008 / 19:30
The Pit


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The West European Archipelago, known as the British Isles, with its complex histories of mythical and historical invasion, gives rise to many heroic tales. These stories were classed by medieval bards, troubadours and storytellers as, ‘The Matter of Britain’.

Tue 5 Feb, 7.30pm
On Common Ground
Hugh Lupton & Chris Wood
This sensational new show, created by storyteller Hugh Lupton and musician Chris Wood unearths the story of England's enclosure as seen through the eyes of John Clare, poet, musician and madman
Robin Hood – the Making of a Myth
Ronald Hutton
The dynamic and provocative historian, Professor Ronald Hutton, explores the legend of Robin Hood and how it has become, beyond doubt, one of Britains’ most famous outlaw stories.

Thu 7 Feb, 7.30pm
Katy Cawkwell

This compelling performance draws on the fragmentary brilliance of the great Welsh mythological cycle, the Mabinogion. A woman leaves the world of eternal youth to encounter mortal suffering.
Intertwined with her story are the stories of a young king, a brave farmer, an old traveller and a shadowy lord of the Otherworld.

Fri 8 Feb, 7.30pm
Midir and Etain – The Love of One Thousand Years
Ben Haggarty & Sianed Jones
Epic storyteller Ben Haggarty, and musician Sianed Jones, tell the extraordinary story of two gods whose passionate and cursed pursuit of love spans a thousand years, multiple and monstrous reincarnations, and the transformation of the world by the arrival of Humankind. Unbridled and archaic fantasy based on 10th Century Irish texts found in a convent in Cheltenham.

Unsuitable for under 12s


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