12th February 2009, 9:46am
Mediaeval knight’s tale to be told at LPAC
A theatrical tale of battling mediaeval knights, based on a mysterious 15th Century poem, will ride into Lincoln later this month.
New Perspectives, the East Midland’s flagship rural touring theatre company, is midway through a national tour of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
The production is the first ever staging of Simon Armitage’s translation of this classic piece of English literature, which was written around the 15th Century by an unknown Midlands poet.
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight will be performed at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC), on the University of Lincoln’s Brayford campus, on Friday 27 February and Saturday 28 February.
With a delightful mix of narrative, action and 'mediaeval' puppetry, plus the joys of an atmospheric and often distinctly comical new musical score, this is storytelling theatre of a high order that will appeal to young and old alike.
Daniel Buckroyd’s faithful and affectionate, yet highly irreverent adaptation features a four-strong cast and is recommended for adults and families with children aged eight and above.
The production has received a fabulous response from audiences so far, as well as some great press reviews.
The Daily Telegraph called the show “a gutsy, no-frills production - spare, down to earth and thrilling”.
The Times Literary Supplement said the production was “an unexpectedly surreal and atmospheric event - the human scale and intimacy of voices raised in a hushed gathering - allowed the poem to breathe”.
New Perspectives Artistic Director Daniel Buckroyd said: “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is the original English winter’s tale – a fantastical quest set against a frozen Midlands landscape. The show is packed with drama while also drawing out the humour from both the original poem and Simon’s wonderful translation.”
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, translated by Simon Armitage, will be staged at the LPAC on Friday 27 February and Saturday 28 February.
There will be three performances – with doors at 7pm on 27 February and 2.30pm and 7pm on 28 February. Performances start half an hour after doors open.
The event is for audience members aged eight and above.
Tickets cost £12 (concessions £10, students and under-18s £5). They are available from www.lpac.co.uk, 0844 888 4414, and the Engine Shed and LPAC Box Office, which is open Monday to Saturday from 10am until 4pm.