Events - Festival 2018


Saturday 4 March, 15:30 - 16:30
The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street - Studio Theatre

An Anglo Saxon Fool's Tale: an epic journey through the wilds of the Dark Ages, with Bob Beagrie and friends

Poet Bob Beagrie, along with a group of musicians, conjures up the wild and wyrd world of the Dark Ages in a live performance of spoken word and sound, to launch the publication of the epic poem Leasungspell.

Set in 657AD, Northumbria is one of the seven warring Anglo Saxon kingdoms, a place where the traditions of Celtic Christianity, Roman Christianity and pagan beliefs and magic clash. Blood feuds and brutality rage, and political intrigue festers. Oswin, a monk from the monastery of Herutea (Hartlepool) treads a path across the volatile landscape, a wilderness where faith, history, myth and folklore intertwine, as he journeys towards Streonshalh (Whitby) bearing secret letters from the Abbess Hild.

Leasungspell brings to life the mindset and vision of a world filled with animism, rapture and omens. It is a tale of twisting digressions, of stories folded within stories and of language itself. It is also an anti-epic, a fool’s yarn, a small tale of a nobody wandering alone through the Dark Ages.

The live performance of Leasungspell and the audio works have been developed with the support from Arts Council England. The Audio Works can be accessed via

Bob Beagrie: Kevin Howard
Sara Dennis : Gary Mockler
Kev Howard: Donna-Lisa Healy


The Byre Theatre, Abbey Street – Studio Theatre

Location: At the top of Abbey Street off the east end of South Street. Also accessible from the Byre Close off South Street

Includes: Auditorium, Studio Theatre, Conference Room, foyers, Café Bar &...