Dragons! Dance! Death! Souls of the North presents now-neglected traditions from the North of England and Scotland that imagine or challenge death, celebrate the dead, and that were once popular throughout the region before the advent of modern and commercialised Halloween.
Supported by an incredible cast and team of volunteers (thanks everyone!), our Records of Early English Drama North East team put on two sold-out shows in Palace Green Concert Hall and in Durham Castle. This video is taken from the second performance.
The spectacle is based on original research, and draws on historical music, costume and instruments – mixed in with a bit of modern creative licence. It includes:
- a death-and-resurrection play with an intimidating array of personalities
- live music from Scotland and England’s North, such as soul cake songs and the Lyke Wake Dirge
- a depiction of early dance
- traditional poems and and ballads
- rarely-seen instruments performed by specialists in early music
The productions were directed by Lieven Baert.
For more details visit Records of Early English Drama North East. Future shows may be in the pipeline, so watch this space.