Historical Interpretation through Drama

Historical Interpretation through drama answers the question ‘What is History?’ from the view of a common man caught up in historic events.

Plays that bring history to life –

I have created so far, four lives that are explored through 45 minute theatrical monologues:

• a First World War Seaforth Highlander

• a Fourteenth Century Archer

• a Pilgrim during the period of the Black Death

• a Baron mixed up in the chaos of the Magna Carta

These Lives can be explored via the buttons above

I have also created stories of

  • two different medieval masons that you can visit here and here
  • a very fortunate medieval farmer
  • A medieval innkeeper witnessing the kidnapping of a king
  • The story of a 6th Century Welsh Saint
  • The story of a medieval archer caught up in a treason plot before Agincourt

Targeted stories that bring history to life –

I also research, write and perform stories for particular clients, events, museums, and locations that illustrate the lives of ordinary people connected with those places to better illustrate and explore their histories.

The Stories written so far can be explored under the ‘Latest News’ button above

Lengths can vary subject to requirement.

The Lives and the stories are suitable for performances at, and already have been performed at, Castles, Historic Houses, Theatres, Museums, Churches and tents, and even outdoors under a tree in a nature reserve and in a beautiful country house garden.

They can form part of a larger event and as a standalone historic experience.

They can also form part of an evening entertainment, perhaps with food.


weymouth pilgrim in happy mood

Some comments received  –

“A tour de force!” – The Kilted Tommy at Beckenham Festival

“Well researched” – The Kilted Tommy at the Brighton Fringe

“Beautifully performed” – The Kilted Tommy at the Oxford Fringe

“We all really enjoyed your performance and it was great to have you involved in the day. We had lots of lovely praise for your performance from the public ” – The Magna Carta at Beckenham Wordfest

” I particularly loved the chance to sit down in the church and hear the Archer’s Tale – he really brought the experience alive” – The Archers Tale – at Erpingham

“And exceptionally good you are too, Simon Waterfield :)” – Ian Pycroft, Owner – Black Knight Historical (on LinkedIn)

“Simon gave a delightful talk on the construction of our Oriel Windows – an unusual subject and one that I made a point of going to listen to even though I’ve worked at the Castle for a decade! It was incredibly moving to hear a ‘voice from the past’ talking in the present tense about building what we know as ruins. It closed the bridge of time entirely and reminded us that these walls were all put up by skilled craftsmen with families and stories of their own – spine tingling stuff and brilliantly researched.” – Sudeley Castle Event Manager 2016

“Great talk, thanks” – Agincourt Archer – Secretary, LGRA Kent Area

“At last nights Congregational meeting I was asked to write to you to thank you very much for your writing and performance of The Kilted Tommy play on Remembrance Sunday 2016. Everyone who attended was full of praise.” from The Secretary, St Mary’s Church, Menai Bridge.

”  I really loved your presentation in St Mary’s on Remembrance Sunday – it was very well done, and very moving”
Simon has also written a one act play examining the Easter story from the point of view of one of the lesser Disciples and within the context of current events in Israel.
• The script rights for any of the Lives and the Stories can be made available by arrangement.