Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Frightening Thameside saga

THE Anglo-Saxon saga Beowulf! was brought to life in Grays on Saturday.

Thurrock Museum Service — based in the Thameside complex — hosted a special focus on the 6th century epic poem during a workshop-performance.

The Anglo Saxon World of Beowulf is a brand new piece of theatre, telling the Anglo Saxon story of the ancient legend. It is a sung-through piece, with an original score by Southend composer, David Stanley.

The show has been written by Southend writer, Tony Michaels and there was a short performances with music in the Thameside foyer by the Early Music Group of the Yardarm Folk Orchestra.

The connection with the discoveries of a Saxon settlement at Mucking was highlighted by Jonathan Catton, Thurrock Council’s Heritage and Museum officer as he welcomed visitors to the performance.

“I am sure this poem was recited in the timber halls on the Mucking site and I can envisage some drinking from the fabulous glass beakers which were discovered in the graves on the site.

“This really brings to life the culture of the times with their beliefs and morals.”

Musicians, composer and actor Mike Dodsworth showcased aspects of a recent live performance at Southend and screened video footage of the event.

One audience member Tricia Gurnett from Grays said of the event “The musicians were great and the film was very good, if slightly frightening!”

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