Dragons! Tales and Music from the North East (Performance, 17th June)

Dare to dance with a pair of Durham dragons, along with automatic monsters and creepy costumes at a free show in Durham Cathedral, Priors Hall. Our Records of Early English Drama North East project, along with the Brothers Gillespie and other regional artists, will be performing on 17th June, from 19.00, with a chance to mingle with the monsters before and after.

England’s North-East is uncommonly rich in legends about monstrous ‘worms’ which haunted humble villages as much as grand castles. This performance presents local tales with folk music, Renaissance instruments, rich costumes, pantomime, and puppetry. Expect trembling princesses, valiant champions, bloody ballads, and fierce beasts!

Courageous members of the audience are invited to take selfies with our dragons at the end of the show, when in the antechamber to Prior’s Hall, Durham Cathedral, regional artists will showcase automatic monsters and other creepy objects!

With Hector Sequera (lute), the Brothers Gillespie and other performers from the North-East, and Emma Berry/Phenix Studio Hexham.

The show is part of Records of Early English Drama North-East, an international research project on the musical and dramatic traditions of England’s North East. It is supported by Durham Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies.

A white stage dragon and a woman in medieval costume
One of the Durham dragons produced for Records of Early English Drama North East. A brand new dragon will be unleashed at this performance! Photo credit: Michael Baker

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