Sunday, 26 June 2016

East Meets West - A Richard III Extravaganza

We have created a Richard III extravaganza. Last week we gave our first performance as part of Leicester's ArtBeat Festival and I'm delighted to say that it was very well received.

Nimisha Parmer showed us the story of the Battle of Bosworth using the ancient Indian dance style of Bharat Natyan. Her son, Aayush, accompanied her on the drums.



I took to the floor next, performing a rather tongue-in-cheek interview between a modern day reporter and the Witch of Daneshill. It's all in my book if you'd like to buy one - The Children's Book of Richard III. I went on to explain how a King's body came to be under a car park in Leicester.

Me playing the part of the Witch of Daneshill
Our grand finale was Richard Buckley, head of Archaeology at Leicester University, the man who led the dig that discovered Richard III's body. He gave us a fascinating insight into what the dig was like and then produced a 'King' in full period armour with sword, dagger, halberd, the lot. It was not only the kids who were excited. We were all fascinated by this King-cum-knight in almost shiny armour.

Richard Buckley on the left with a halberd

Richard Buckley demonstrating how a dagger was thrust through Richard III's skull
(as you can see he didn't really do it!)
There are plans for repeat performances so if you missed this one then watch this space for the announcement of our next Richard III extravaganza.

11 comments:

  1. What a great day you had - and I do love the hat!

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    1. Thanks, Jo. It was a good session but why do I feel that you've just laughed at my Witch of Daneshill hat!? Haha!

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  2. Amazing diversity of events!Hope your audience was inspired...and I agree with Jo!

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    1. Thanks, Carol. It was multi cultural at its best. All the idea of the ArtBeat Festival Committee so I can't take the praise.

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  3. If only the rest of folksaround could be so united while diverse. Loved your look.

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    1. Thanks, Heidrun. Thankfully Leicester has many multicultural groups. It's a good place to live.

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  4. that looks fantastic. Glad it was such a hit. And you look like a good witch. Very fun!!!

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    1. Thanks, Joanne. I always knew I would make a good witch! Haha

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  5. The whole event looks BRILLIANT. A great example of how multiculturalism can work. Looking forward to the show moving on to other venues. It`s a shame you cannot show a video of you performing as the witch. Great hat! Petra.

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    1. Thanks, Petra. There's thoughts that we could even perform it somewhere like The Guildhall so watch this space....as they say.

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  6. That looks fun! Are you going on tour to other countries? Just dreaming!

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