An Agincourt Archer – Treason in Romsey

by admin on 10 April 2017

There were lots of Archers at Agincourt, at least 3000.

My first Archer story looks at a farmer signing up to the army of Henry V and enjoying his journey from Derbyshire to Porchester castle, meeting Chaucer and his pilgrims on the way.

My second story looks at a different archer in a different part of the country.

This one journeys straight to Romsey where his company are left for a couple of weeks before embarking with the King at Portsmouth.

Here the men get restless, breaking into the local Abbey cellars, drinking in Romsey at the house that has come to be known as King Johns House.

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Here his Lord gets mixed up in a political plot to usurp the throne and have him installed instead.

Some of the conspirators are executed.

A somewhat exciting and dangerous time for them all. Certainly not something a simple farmer and archer had any concept of getting involved in.  

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Saint Tysilio

by admin on 10 April 2017

GŴYL TYSILIO FESTIVAL 2017 – programmechurch island main

I will be Actor in Residence for the weekend on the Island and performing my story in the Church on Sunday afternoon

Who? Was he martyred? Was he famous? Where is his cathedral?

He wasn’t martyred, he isn’t famous, he has no cathedral.

He was quietly religious in North Wales in around the year 600.

A younger son of a King of Powys. He decides to make a new life for himself away from his father’s court.

After being influenced by a hermit monk who he grew up knowing, he moves to Anglesey and sets himself up as a hermit on a small island in the beautiful Menai Straits.

There he starts preaching, helping underline Christianity as the religion with the post Roman part pagan population.

So why did a junior prince become a hermit?

Why were there so many similar hermits in this period?

Why was he called a Saint?

How did he live?

Where did he live?

What was his church?

What was Christianity like then?

What was paganism like then and how rife was it?

How influential was he?

It’s not likely we will ever find out as there isn’t much of a written history.

What can be done is look at the evidence and piece together a story so this man’s legacy will never been forgotten.

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The Stoney Stratford Kidnapping

April 10, 2017

Write something about medieval Milton Keynes…… umm… Wasn’t Milton Keynes only built in 1969? But.. Everywhere has a history. Everywhere has a story. Medieval kings processed around the country with an enormous retinue. Imagine being an innkeeper in a small midlands town who is told the king will be staying for a night in your […]

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Performances in 2017

February 23, 2017

March  – The Agincourt Archer at a private event May 25th, and June 1st and 3rd –  One Man and his Dog at Brighton Fringe June 17th & 18th – The Inkeeper at Milton Keynes Heritage Festival July 1st – The Agincourt Archer at King Johns House, Romsey July 15th and 16th – St Tysilio at […]

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1st post of 2017, and a reflection on what I am about

January 2, 2017

We all like marvelling at beautifully ruined churches and dramatic castles and soaking in their history. They are evocative, due to their size and appearance alone. But do we take much notice of ruins like these on our walks in the country?             Half a wall, a pile of stones, […]

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One Man and his Dog at the Brighton Fringe 2017

December 4, 2016

    A play about older people. Something unusual for the Fringe! Is one too old to look for pastures new? If not, what are the consequences? You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, or can you? Age may not wither, but it does give a couple time to reflect on their lives and […]

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Remembrance Day

November 5, 2016

Remembrance Day means different things to different people. Everybody’s feelings are coloured by their experiences and everyone’s experiences are different. Our Remembrance started after WW1. I’m sure other, earlier wars, resulted in people having the same feelings and the same needs which we now express on Remembrance Day. Two of my monologues touch on war […]

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Agincourt Day

October 26, 2016

So its Agincourt Day again.  One of our most famous victories over the French (in the Hundred Years War anyway).  Immortalised by Shakespeare in Henry V and subsequently by several ‘based on’ films of varying quality.  With the greatest respect to those involved in it originally, Shakespeare has done little to further it historically.  As […]

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Feedback and comments

October 2, 2016

“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 […]

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Hamming it up

September 18, 2016

An event to celebrate the history of a deserted medieval village? Is there much in the way of historical interpretation in that? Well surprisingly there is! South Somerset District Council and the Ham Hill Park Rangers planned a weekend celebration of the park which includes, on top of a hill, the largest iron age hill […]

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