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Department of English Studies

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This is an archive of past events within the Department of English Studies. Please see our current events for forthcoming activities.

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Souls of the North

12th September 2018, 19:30 to 20:30, Concert Hall, Department of Music, Palace Green

Come face-to-face with a cast of deathly characters, including Beelzebub, a Quack Doctor, a Black Knight and a skull-headed wild horse at this free and unique performance.

Souls of the North will present now-neglected traditions from the North of England and Scotland that imagine or challenge death, celebrate the dead, and that were once popular throughout the region before the advent of modern and commercialised Halloween.
This spectacle of song, dance, drama and costume will include:
  • a death-and-resurrection play with an intimidating array of personalities
  • live music from Scotland and England’s North, such as soul cake songs and the Lyke Wake Dirge
  • a depiction of early dance
  • traditional poems and and ballads
The production will be directed by Lieven Baert, a professional choreographer from Ghent, and is brought to you by the team from Records of Early English Drama North-East that put on Theatrum Mundi in 2016.
The show is an experience in performative research, where a live production helps us to better understand the methods and practice of early drama and festivities.

Contact barbara.ravelhofer@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.

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