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Beowulf at the Barrow

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Soulton Hall

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An immersive performance with Thegns of Mercia exploring Anglo-Saxon myths, music & memory, from the mead-hall to the burial chamber

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Beowulf at the Barrow

"Then did the king's thegn unfold with fine speech, songs in honoured tradition, recalled scores, found new words bound in truth, recited and artfully uttered an ancient tale. Varying his words, he spoke of all things; of glorious deeds, of uncanny matters, feuds, great journeys, and mused on the things which children of men by no means knew." - (Beowulf 867-77)

What was it like to sit in the Anglo-Saxon mead-hall - to hear our oldest surviving stories told by firelight - or to be present at spectacular funerals of ancient kings - like those buried at Sutton Hoo? How did these long-distant people think of themselves? How did they understand their past, and how did they wish to be remembered?

In the first ever event of its type, experience the world of the Anglo-Saxons, Old Welsh and Vikings, as specialist living-history group Thegns of Mercia take you on a journey to the time of treasure-filled burials and bustling mead-halls, performing some of the oldest surviving stories, poetry and songs in our languages.

    Our journey begins with a simple early medieval evening meal, enjoyed to Anglo-Saxon music with reconstructed instruments, before we gather in a wonderful dressed mead-hall space (the adapted Tudor-Period "Moot Hall") for the first half of the evening's entertainment. Brought to life with costumes and treasures replicating archaeological finds, the Thegns of Mercia team will be performing songs and shorter poems - in Old English, Old Welsh, and in Modern English translation , interspersed with chapters of an alliterative-verse performance of the greatest Anglo-Saxon epic poem - Beowulf.

    Following a short interval guests will join a warrior-led, twilight procession from the hall, to the spectacularly atmospheric Soulton Hall Long-Barrow, where performances will continue by torchlight. Beowulf reaches its powerful climax with a deeply moving spectacle outside the burial mound, before the troop return to the hall for toasts.

    WARNING: This performance includes scenes of mild fighting, peril, and its later scenes explore themes of mortality, grief and memory. This performance is not suitable for young children.

    Itinerary (Timings Approximate)

    16:00 Anglo-Saxon Food & Music

    16:40 Stories in the Mead-Hall

    18:30 Procession to the Barrow

    18:50 Stories in the Barrow

    19:30 Finale outside the Barrow

    20:00 Toasts, END.

    (The downstairs mead-hall and bar will remain open for a few hours after entertainment ends. Guests are welcome to stay for a while, share drinks, meet the Thegns of Mercia team and our wonderful hosts at Soulton Hall.)

    Practical Information

    Parking for this event is provided beside Soulton Hall itself, 50m from our "Anglo-Saxon Mead-Hall" and primary venue for the evening's activities.

    Accessibility - Taking place across three sub-locations, including an upstairs space within a historic building, this experience may involve the need to climb / descend stairs, periods of sitting, standing outdoors, and a 0.5 mile walk to and from our second location (the barrow).

    We are keen to do what we can to accommodate guests with differing needs. If you have any accessibility concerns please don't hesitate to contact us, in advance of the event, to discuss a range of adaptations we can make to enable your full enjoyment of the experience.

    Likewise, if you have any special dietary concerns please do email us at least one week prior to the event.

    Facilities - Refreshments Bar, WCs and Accessible WC in the "Mead Hall" building (Soulton Court).

    Come Prepared - As this is a partly outdoor evening event and involving a short walk along a farm track around sunset. Please bring;

    • Sturdy footwear
    • Weather-appropriate clothing (including waterproof coat and umbrella if wet)
    • Torch

    Historic Costume - Those who wish to are very welcome to attend in early medieval costume, including tunics or dresses, and cloaks. Modern footwear still recommended. Please do not bring eating-knives, weapons or other bulky equipment, which may get mixed up with the team's props.

    Coronavirus

    We are committed to doing whatever necessary to ensure this event can go ahead in a way which safe for all guests. We will continue to be alert to changing conditions and government guidance with respect to Covid-19 and will modify our policies as necessary going forward and will communicate any changes to ticket holders. Unless later amended, measures for safety of all involved will include;

    • Team will take Lateral-Flow-Tests (LFTs) prior to attending. Guests are encouraged to consider doing likewise, and not attend if they test positive or have experienced Coronavirus symptoms in the last 10 days.
    • On arrival guests will be asked again if they have experienced any Coronavirus symptoms in the last 10 days, prior to being allowed entry.
    • Guests and team are asked to use alcohol hand-gel on entry to buildings, and regularly during their stay.

    Cancellation

    Due to venue capacity and social-distancing there are very limited places available for this experience. Refunds will be discussed on a case-by-case basis (unfortunately not including Eventbrite's non-refundable booking fee). Ticket holders who find they are unable to attend are asked to inform us at the earliest possible opportunity so we can refund, and reallocate places to other interested parties.

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    Wem

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    United Kingdom

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