Leasungspell - An Anglo Saxon Fool’s Tale

The historic and atmospheric grounds of Gisborough Priory
will provide the dramatic backdrop for a live performance of Bob Beagrie’s epic poem ‘Leasungspell’ as part of a national tour supported by Arts Council England.

Accompanied by musicians Sara Dennis, Peter Lagan, Kev Howard and S.J.Forth, the Middlesbrough born bard will conjure up the wild and wyrd world of the Dark Ages, recounting the fateful tale of Brother Oswin’s journey from Hartlepool to Whitby in the year 657 AD. A time when the traditions of Celtic Christianity, Roman Christianity and pagan beliefs and magic clash. Where blood feuds and brutality rage and political intrigue festers.

“Astonishing, haunting, ambitious in scale and impressive in reach, Leasungspell is a feast for the imagination.”

Pippa Little, poet

The national tour, which is gaining both critical and popular acclaim, has so far included performances at The British Museum, St Andrews International Poetry Festival, Wolverhampton Poetry Festival, with dates arranged at Bamburgh Castle, The Castle Keep in Newcastle, Bristol Poetry Festival and at Whitby for later in the year.

“We are delighted to have the chance to perform this unique show within the ruins of the ancient priory, in a setting so steeped in history,” said Bob, whose epic poem draws upon Old English and Northern dialects, the area’s rich heritage and its myths and legends.

The open air event is scheduled for Friday 30th June, 7-8pm although the Priory will be open from 5.30pm so visitors can enjoy a picnic and walk within grounds. Bring low-backed chairs or rugs or simply sit on the grass.

Numbers are limited for this special performance so it is advisable to buy tickets in advance. Tickets cost £5.00 each or £4.00 for concessions (children, students and pensioners). They are available from the visitor centre in Gisborough Priory during normal opening hours (Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm). Only cash or cheques will be accepted in payment.