Hello, my name is Ellie Chadwick, and I’m running an event this summer called The Wars of the Roses for The Elysium Theatre Company – a company of student and graduate actors who put on ambitious productions of classic plays each year.
This is very short notice as our event is in just over a fortnight (11th and 12th August) but we have found it difficult to secure many people to take part due to folks not wanting to travel in the bad weather we’ve had lately and because of distance. However, we came across this forum and thought we’d post in case, as we’re really keen to involve as many as we can in this exciting event (and the weather is much better now!!)
We have one group signed up but are looking for up to approx. 15 - 20 more re-enactors to take part in the event (but any number would be wonderful): we’re especially looking for those who could enact the battles of the time at the event, but would also love to hear from anyone who is experienced in demonstrating and talking about medieval crafts and such. The period of history we cover is from the deposition of Richard II up to the Battle of Bosworth: the event combines Shakespeare’s history plays (performed by our actors) with historical re-enactment and living history, to bring the medieval setting to life. It is a very ambitious project, covering a big chunk of history and 8 plays in two days, and we’re really excited about it as combining theatre and living history hasn’t been done before like this. The idea is to take over the venue and fill it with medieval life, theatre and the battle demonstrations outdoors. We have been lucky enough to receive a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and so although this is a charitable event we do have a budget to pay expenses.
The event takes place at the National Trust’s Buckland Abbey in Yelverton, Devon. There is some space for a medieval encampment (still space for 4 or 5 tents) and re-enactors can stay from Friday night (10th). We have also cleared it with Buckland that cooking ranges can be used as long as they are kept away from the public.
If you or your society might be interested or have any queries we would love to hear from you. Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org