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Postby Dangermouse » Fri Dec 01, 2006 5:27 pm

Thankyou very much for your reply,

I don't think i structured my request very well!

I'm trying to find out a little of what i could expect at some of the reenactment events. There are a lot of them and i don't have time to visit them all and want to be able to give 5-6 bullet points of what i might expect at some of the events.

I have broken it doen into some large historical periods or peoples and would ideally be able to put together 6 bullet points of what i might see at an event from this period i am aware that there is a great deal of specific groups which would fall within one of these events and that is ok. (anything at all would be a great help) If you have time and expertise in any of the below please PM me with some bullet points or reply!

The headings i've chosen are
DARK AGES:(medieval)

If you could suggest any bullet points as to what to expect at an event falling in one of these headings it would be greatfully appriciated. Please pass this on to anyone you think may be able to help.

The sort of events i would be interested in are the ones where people spend a few days living as they would have done, residential if you like.


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Postby kael » Sat Dec 02, 2006 8:13 pm

Can't account for any other 'dark age' groups, but my group , Tyrslith, (link in my sig) typically do a show with the following:

Rolling Scenario - acted scene and historical context added to events, followed by...

Combat arena pieces - typically 2/3. Small skirmishes and scriped fights, ended with an unscripted final battle. Combat usually uses SPFX (blood and gore) and backed up with a nice and clear PA and background music.

Living History Displays - usually a few crafts, and audience show & tell style stalls, with interactive stuff like archery and coin striking. Set up as a 'village' with everything from a gibbet holding our corpse to a very busy mess tent... Depending on the event, our friends in the Icelandic Horse Society set up a paddock and also do an arena piece.

Roleplaying - spontaneous scenarios within our 'village' such as a thief or perhaps some surgery (yes with spfx...)

Static Information - we're not fond of these, but some people are interested in just being spectators so we have an 'information tent' complete with manakins, info boards, and merch.

We do other things too, usually at smaller events where we do the sorts of things typical of most other societies, like the classic 'cirlce of treachery' and the like, but most of our shows thesedays are pretty big.

We are constantly changing our format, but this hgas been the most usual for the past few years (though we are again ready for a change...)

PM'ed you too, for good measure.
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Postby kael » Sat Dec 02, 2006 8:15 pm

As for my experience with early medieval events, i think it very much depends on the organiser.

usually, there are several societies, and displays, plus traders and misc stalls.

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