A storytelling evening

by admin on 29 September 2017

Stories aren’t only for summer events.

As its October why not a ghost story too? A summers daydream in an old local country park leads to a scary happening.

As its in a pub, why not also hear about another pub and another innkeeper from another age?

BECKENHAM STORYTELLING CIRCLE

PRESENTS

“THE STONEY STRATFORD

KIDNAPPING”

TOLD BY SIMON WATERFIELD

IMAGINE BEING AN INNKEEPER WHO IS TOLD THE KING WILL BE STAYING THE NIGHT IN YOUR INN.

YOU AREN’T EXPECTING A KIDNAPPING THAT WOULD LEAD TO A MYSTERY THAT HAS ENTHRALLED THE WORLD FOR 600 YEARS.

THIS IS THE STORY OF THE INNKEEPER AT THE ROSE AND CROWN IN STONEY STRATFORD.

FOR GOOD OR ILL, THE SOON-TO-BE EDWARD V AND HIS RETINUE IS ON HIS WAY TO LONDON TO BE CROWNED AND MEETS HIS UNCLE RICHARD DUKE OF GLOUCESTER IN THIS INN.

SUITABLE FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN 14+.

ALSO A GHOST STORY WITH LOCAL CONNECTIONS SUITABLE FOR THE SEASON

AT 8.00PM ON WEDNESDAY 25TH OCTOBER 2017

TICKETS £5 AT THE DOOR AT THE GOLDSMITHS ARMS. 

3 CROYDON ROAD. PENGE. LONDON SE20 7TJ

“HISTORICAL INTERPRETATION” IS SIMON WATERFIELD WHO RESEARCHES, WRITES AND PERFORMS HISTORICAL MONOLOGUES AND STORYTELLING ON THE SUBJECT OF HISTORICAL EVENTS FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF THE COMMON MAN.:

HIS CLIENTS INCLUDE; ARUNDEL INTERNATIONAL JOUSTING TOURNAMENT. NATIONAL TRUST. EASTBOURNE MUSEUM / EASTBOURNE BOROUGH COUNCIL. ENGLISH HERITAGE.  SUDELEY CASTLE.  MUSEUM OF EAST ANGLIA LIFE.  SOMERSET DISTRICT COUNCIL

ALL PROCEEDS GO TO ST CHRISTOPHER’S HOSPICE

 

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Kipling and the Kilted Tommy

by admin on 8 August 2017

Bateman’s is a wonderful house and it was a privilege to take part in their WW1 weekend this year.

The Kilted Tommy’s first battle was Loos in September 1915, as it of was John (Jack) Kipling.

According to trench maps they were no more than 500 yards apart before the battle.

I reasonably amended the original story to introduce a meeting and friendship between the two before the battle.

We also looked at how Kipling’s mood and attitude to his son changed between his writing the poem “If” when Jack was a child, and when he wrote “My son Jack” after his death.

Stories are the perfect vehicle to experience the feeling and emotions of a place and its inhabitants.

Kilted Tommy, Batemans, Aug 17 (8) Kilted Tommy, Batemans, Aug 17 (12) Kilted Tommy, Batemans, Aug 17 (18) Kilted Tommy, Batemans, Aug 17 (22) Kilted Tommy, Batemans, Aug 17 (32) Kilted Tommy, Batemans, Aug 17 (33)

 

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An Agincourt Archer – Treason in Romsey

April 10, 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 […]

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Saint Tysilio

April 10, 2017

GŴYL TYSILIO FESTIVAL 2017 – programme 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 […]

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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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