Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Midsummer Medieval Madness at Fairhaven – The Complete Canterbury Tales

The Pantaloons open-air theatre company visits Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, South Walsham, with their new version of Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales on Friday, July 8 at 7pm. Tickets are £8, child (5 to 16) £5 in advance and £11 and £8 on the door. Book online at www.thepantaloons.co.uk or tel. 01603 270449.

In what may be a theatrical first, The Pantaloons are performing all The Canterbury Tales, with a cast of six actors playing more than 70 characters. Every story will be performed in a different theatrical style. The audience can expect pantomime, puppetry, masks, musicals, mime, farce, reality television, horror, opera – even Shakespeare gets a look-in.

Mark Hayward, co-producer and co-author explained: “There are several tales that are like mini-plays such as The Miller’s Tale and The Wife of Bath’s Tale which deserve a proper showing. Other stories have been condensed into sketches, songs or even limericks.”

Like Chaucer’s rude original, the show promises plenty of bawdy fun but, with something for everyone, this family-friendly adaptation is suitable for all ages. Bring rugs, chairs and picnics.

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is at South Walsham, nine miles east of Norwich, signposted off A47 at B1140 junction, tel. 01603 270449, www.fairhavengarden.co.uk.
There is wheelchair access to most of the garden, including the Sensory Garden. Visitors requiring special facilities are advised to telephone in advance. Mobility scooters available.