UWE presents The Canterbury Tales

Issue date: 14 March 2006


Nina Coglin (left) and Skye Gowrie-Smith Wednesday 22 – Saturday 25 March 2006
The Olympus Theatre, WISE Campus, Filton College, New Road, Stoke Gifford, Bristol, BS34 8QT

The latest drama production from UWE's Centre for Performing Arts is The Canterbury Tales, adapted by Martin Riley from Chaucer's original lively chronicle of journeying pilgrims sharing stories on their way to Canterbury.

In a dramatic attempt to bring Geoffrey Chaucer back to life, four medieval Alchemists - assisted by an enthusiastic troupe of travelling players - present five of his most popular Tales, taking on the Wife of Bath's sassiness, the Pardoner's hell-fire-and-damnation, the Nuns' Priest's animal antics, the Knight's lessons in love, and the lewdness of the drunken Miller.

Written in modern English, this delightful adaptation mixes Chaucer's rich characters and lusty stories, with the high-energy style of street theatre and pantomime. It makes for wonderfully accessible theatre, so a fun night out is guaranteed but those who might be offended by a bit of rude humour should stay at home!

Adapter Martin Riley's script is drawn from his own experience of street theatre and pantomime, as well as his extensive work for young people in opera and television (including the popular TV series The Worst Witch).

This will be professional director Geni Hall-Kenny's seventh production for UWE, who says “It's a pleasure to be working with such an enthusiastic group of young actors, who - after the success of Dracula, The Tempest and Cinderella - look set to be giving their best performance yet”.

Evening performances are at 19.30 with matinees at 13.15 on Wednesday 22 March and 14.00 on Friday 24 March. Tickets priced at £8.00 with £5.00 concessions are available from the Centre for Performing Arts – tel: 0117 32 82067 or e-mail cpa@uwe.ac.uk

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