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Broken shells: A Medieval Sea Story
Fri 30 June 2017, 17:30 – 18:30 BST
In a little room in Rome, a bride sits at her window. The sill is covered with litter – a scrap of dried seaweed, the jagged edge of a pink scallop, scattered grains of sand. Her eyes are fixed on the ocean outside. She has always loved the sea.But now the day has come. Yesterday, she wept. She wept to be sent away from friends, sent to be a foreigner in strange land, and bound to a man she doesn’t know.
Storyteller and academic Daisy Black brings to life Chaucer’s Man of Law’s Tale – a tale of love, fear, violence and the queer, cold seas which roil and coil between nations.
Custance, who has beauty without pride, youth without foolishness and strength without tyranny, finds herself cast adrift at sea. Forced to endure hostile lands and people, become a refugee, and carve paths for herself among strange cultures, the toughest of Chaucer’s heroines strings her strength across the oceans, telling us what it is to love and to survive.
Set among the eddies and currents of medieval romance, classical mythology and English folk song, this one-woman show tells a haunting, visceral, occasionally funny tale that will whirl round your imagination, lace your tongue with salt and take you across the sapphire-worked seas to walk with the creatures at the far edges of the map.
This performance is one hour long and is suitable for ages 13 and up.
This event takes place against the backdrop of Manchester Cathedral's Medieval Quire and is delivered in partnership with the University of Manchester and the Medievalism in the Modern World conference (MAMO).