Durham Needs You! Help to Celebrate Our City’s Dramatic Traditions

death masksJuly 2016 will see the staging of a spectacular evening performance on Durham’s Palace Green, which will celebrate the dramatic traditions of Durham and the early theatre. The Sacred and the Profane will feature scenes from a Renaissance court, a Dance of Death, and a torchlit procession of the traditional Boy Bishops of Durham. A stage dragon (reminiscent of the Lambton Worm) and musicians will provide further entertainment. The organisers, Records of Early English Drama North East, now need your help to present this remarkable show.

Do you have the X-Factor to take part as actor, singer or dancer? Could you help to build a dragon? Are you nifty with a needle to help make costumes? Auditions are taking place at various times on 16th to 17th November. If you can sing, dance, play an instrument, or simply want to help out, please see this link for more information about auditions and the project as a whole.

A world-class choreographer of early dance will direct the show. A professional costume designer who has worked for the Globe Theatre and the Royal Opera London will help with the costumes. Some of the fabrics are specially made in Venice. This will be a unique event, and a chance to celebrate the dramatic heritage of England’s North-East.

For further information, see the project website, or contact Barbara Ravelhofer (barbara.ravelhofer@durham.ac.uk).


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