GAWAIN

TITLE LOOOOONGGreen-Cathedral-Matt-Austin 10edit smallGAWAIN & THE GREEN KNIGHT has now been performed at EXETER PHOENIX, EXETER CATHEDRAL as part of IGNITE FESTIVAL, POLTIMORE HOUSE and ESCOT PARK as part of BEAUTIFUL DAYS. Featuring some energetic and eccentric acting, stunning make-up design, parkour, Middle English rapping and one awesome puppet, GAWAIN has delighted audiences young and old alike!

Yuletide at Camelot and King Arthur’s famous Christmas Party is in full swing. That is, until the gargantuan Green Knight gatecrashes King Arthur’s party and lays down a fearsome challenge! Only Gawain, youngest and most untested of Arthur’s warriors, is bold enough to accept it, and partake in a fearsome game of heads…

An impressive production that will live long in the memory.
Gordon Richardson, Express & Echo

Brilliant and immersive play… Like a child in a fantasy where they are transported into the TV suddenly there I was with a seat at King Arthur’s round table!
Jenna Richards, Phonic FM

The puppet looked absolutely amazing! The whole performance just wove together really smoothly…
Audience member feedback

Superb perfomances from you all. Epic costumes, puppets, music, set, just wonderful.
Audience member feedback

Watch the Green Knight perform the opening of the poem in the original Middle English[ish]:

Photos by Matt Austin:

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Photos by Benjamin Akira Tallamy & PKJ:

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 Artwork by PKJ:

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TO REFUGE is an immersive theatre experience taking place at The Mermaid on Gandy Street, Exeter. It is based on In the Bowels of the Earth by Ukrainian author Elena Hapieieva, describing her experiences in a makeshift bomb shelter as Russia invades Ukraine. It is a tender, angry, sorrowful portrait of a community suddenly placed under extreme and inexplicable duress.

Beyond Hapieieva’s raw, crucially current text, we cast our gaze backwards and forwards through time. We are performing this play in a basement on Gandy Street which was itself used as a bomb shelter during WW2. Extracts are woven in from other contemporary Ukrainian works and from the Exeter Blitz Project, a piece of verbatim theatre commissioned ten years ago and collecting the memories of those who survived the mass bombing of Exeter during WW2. We want to support, sympathise and express absolute solidarity with our friends in Ukraine, as well as to challenge our audiences to consider what happens next if unbridled aggression is left unopposed.

TO REFUGE is part of the Worldwide Ukrainian Play Readings Project. It is being produced by Four of Swords and Maketank in collaboration with Exeter Phoenix and Arts and Culture Exeter University. Tickets cost £15 and all sales will be going to the Devon Ukrainian Association.

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For more information on the work of the Devon Ukrainian Association, please go to www.devonforukraine.com.

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