The Canterbury Tales
Written in the late 14th century, Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales is the high-water mark of medieval English literature. Based around a group of pilgrims travelling to the shrine of Thomas à Becket at Canterbury telling each other stories, it paints a rich and vibrant portrait of life in medieval England. From the dark and brooding Pardoner’s Tale to the bawdy Miller’s Tale, the proto-feminism of the Wife of Bath’s Tale and the simple whimsy of the Nun’s Priest’s Tale, this 600 year old work still feels contemporary, fresh and vital – and wholly accessible to modern audiences.
GreenMatthews present six tales told in a variety of styles. Taking inspiration from medieval mystery plays, the three-man cast use drama, verse, physical theatre and song to bring Chaucer's characters to riotous life. With a touring set specially constructed to resemble a medieval travelling theatre, They tell tales packed with colourful characters and strange situations. This is definitely not a dry academic take on English literature – the show is fast, furious, occasionally filthy and invariably funny!
Please note - the show is unsuitable for under 12s (and serious scholars of the Late Middle Ages….!)
For further details about Winterbourne Medieval Barn see www.winterbournebarn.org.uk
WMBT Registered Charity number 1112908
Bar open from 7pm. Performance starts at 7.30pm.
Tickets £15 ( £10 Under 16s and people registered disabled) can be booked via the Barn website
Winterbourne Medieval Barn, Church Lane, Winterbourne, Bristol BS36 1SE
Tue 29 March