'Bawdy, boisterous' fun as Kelvin Players stage Canterbury Tales

August 06 2013
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The Kelvin Players swapped their Bishopston studio for the grounds of Blaise Castle for their latest production.

The Kelvin Players swapped their Bishopston studio for the grounds of Blaise Castle for their latest production.

The theatre company put on a series of open-air performances of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales from July 10-13 and combined the show with a medieval festival, including jesters, jugglers, acrobats, morris dancers, singers and musicians, as well as games and market stalls.

Spokesman Mat Rees said: “The production wasn’t just a play, it was intended to be a festival and people really bought into that vibe, coming along with picnics, taking part in all the games and visiting the stalls.

“The play itself was presented as close to how Chaucer had intended it, had he written it as a play, as possible. It was big, bawdy, bright and boisterous with lots of audience participation. And the feedback was really positive – everyone left with a smile on their face!" Canterbury Tales, Kelvin Players

The theatre company also raised funds for Children’s Hospice South West at the shows.

The Players’ next production in October will be a real change in tone, says Mat, as they tackle Jean Paul Sartre's most famous work No Way Out (Huis Clos). For more information about the Kelvin Players, visit www.kelvin players.co.uk.

  • Photos by Phil Evans