Lost for 700 years
An Epic Story Speak Out
In the whole World, only one manuscript unfolds the Roman de Silence.
It was discovered in Wollaton Manor, Nottinghamshire, in a box marked Old Papers - No Value (buried under a few letters from King Henry VIII.)
A legend had been patiently waiting, for seven hundred years.
But it was 1911. Suffrage protests were at their explosive height. And this story suggests that England's wellbeing depends on a quest for gender equality. So the manuscript was kept silent.
But the story was made to be told.
Now is the time to tell it.
Rachel Rose Reid has split the epic of Silence into a trilogy. Join us on a journey to restore and revive
Spring Tour 2018
21 April, Topsham
26 April, Liskeard
Liskeard Storytelling Café, The Public Hall, 3-5 West Street, Liskeard PL14 6BW
19.30, £2, reservations: 01579 324631
Rachel Rose Reid
Rachel's a previous winner of the UK Young Storyteller of the Year, and has received much attention for taking storytelling to unexpected venues and collaborations.
She has performed at Alden Biesen (BE), Beyond the Border, Festival at the Edge, Amsterdam & Norwegian Festivals of Storytelling, Racontamiunastoria (IT), Words (DN), and Contos de Liberdades, and has written and performed stories for London City Sinfonia, the RSC, and Billy Bragg.
A compelling teller of tales...a voice that draws the audience in...An air of the bittersweet permeates and old stories sound fresh The Stage
Immense skill and breathless conviction...There's no faulting Reid's command of her craft
Sally Pomme Clayton
Sally Pomme Clayton is a pioneering storyteller. She co-founded The Company of Storytellers with Ben Haggarty and Hugh Lupton in 1985, spearheading storytelling in the UK. Together they created ground-breaking performances, especially for adult audiences, developing storytelling as a contemporary art that is not just for children! Because of their work, storytelling is now a flourishing art form.
Adam has served as Joint Director of Company of Angels and Artistic Director of Activated Image, as well as extensive work at London’s Orange Tree Theatre.
Recent directing work includes Quentin Blake’s Mrs Armitage and the Big Wave (London / touring, 2016); Closer Scrutiny at the Orange Tree Theatre, London and Nordost (Salisbury Playhouse / touring).
Victoria is a Bristol-based producer who loves helping creative people do what they do best. She is currently studying an MA in Creative Producing at UWE, working closely with Watershed’s Pervasive Media Studio. She is also working with MAYK, Submerge Festival and on her own projects – find out more at http://vsjones.tumblr.com
Ellen has worked for international festivals across the country and has been an integral part of the Artistic Planning department at Brighton Dome. Having worked across two Brighton Festivals during 2016/2017, with a variety of artist from a range of art forms, her work covers Spoken Word, Dance, Theatre, Outdoor and Site Specific performances and events. Other freelance work includes Artist Liaison at Latitude Festival for Festival Republic and Stage Management experience with Assembly during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017
"Silence is an excellent show. The plot is strong and complex: weak or wicked kings, a dragon, knights and greedy lords, early medicine: and Rachel gives all the characters depth and often a little ambiguity: is the king simply wicked, or is he a hostage to the rapacity of his nobles? There is love, war, injustice, humour: the whole show sings and sizzles. I loved it and would happily listen to it all over again. Twice.
Best of all, this show is just the beginning of the epic: there is a sequel to come, and this sequel will confound all conventional preconceptions of what Medieval people thought about gender (spoiler alert...)
Silence is about 1hr~1hr5min long so is ideal for half of a club night or for a festival slot (though a festival might want to book the sequel too).
I think it is the best thing I have ever seen Rachel do."
Sally Pomme Clayton
"Silence takes you deep into a Medieval world of courtship and kingship, politics and magic, nature and nurture. Rachel Rose Reid brings this lost and unknown 13th century epic so vividly to life that it burns with contemporary relevance.
Rachel Rose Reid has steeped herself in the historical and cultural background of this unusual Medieval epic. Her performance is deep and delicate, combining elegant language, gesture, characters and historical details. This performance immerses the listener in Medieval culture, making the listener feel that they are there. It is accessible and highly entertaining and is filled with humor and wry commentary.
The epic explores Medieval ideas about gender and land rights that are astoundingly modern, and are vital issues for audiences today."
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