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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

10th November 2018, 20:00 to 21:00, Great Hall, Durham Castl

After a packed-out show in September, we're pleased to present another free, public performance of Souls of the North: a spectacle of medieval and Renaissance dance, music and drama with a deathly twist.

Souls of the North presents 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 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
  • rarely-seen instruments performed by specialists in early music

The production is directed by Lieven Baert, a professional choreographer from Ghent. It is organised by Records of Early English Drama North East, a research project into early performance traditions that is based in Durham University's Department of English Studies. Everyone is welcome to Durham Castle Great Hall for what promises to be an excellent, free evening of entertainment.

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