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Hilarious historical saga comes to Feckenham Village Hall
5:30pm Wednesday 27th February 2013 in News
PEOPLE are invited to a ringside seat as two kings prepare to do battle in ‘Kings of Cloth of Gold’ at Feckenham Village Hall on Sunday, March 17 from 7.30pm.
Prepare to be transported to Picardie in the year 1250 where two young kings – Henry VIII (of England) and Francis I (of France) – met at The Field of Cloth of Gold - so called because the kings brought their courts and retinues and were housed in tented palaces made of spun gold.
The two men and their two aids prepare for battle, each asserting their own masculinity with swords and daggers and fruit. Yes, fruit – history can be stranger than fiction.
The stage is set for a historical happening the like of which has not been seen since Black Adder last donned tights. This hilarious historical saga probably owes a lot more to “1066 and All That” than to serious historical research - however, the armour and weapons have been specially made by the Royal Armouries and the costumes are by the RSC.
The spectacular sets, complete with shimmering golden tents, are designed by Ruth Paton who has recently designed shows for Opera North, the RSC and the Royal Opera.
The author, Tony Lidington, is artistic director of Wakefield Theatre Royal. He regularly writes and presents shows for Radio 4, his new series on the founder of the pierrot troupe tradition in England - Clifford Essex, will be on air soon.
The show comes from Yorkshire based Angus & Ross Theatre Company.
‘Kings of Cloth of Gold’ opened at The Royal Armouries and transferred to the Richmond Theatre in November 2012 before embarking on this nationwide tour.
This performance is part of the Shindig programme of touring performances and is sponsored by The Arts Council (England), Worcestershire County Council and Redditch Council.
Tickets, costing £8.50, are available from The Village Shop and The Rose & Crown in Feckenham, from ticketsource.co.uk/feckenham or by calling.