The planned performance of Leasungspell on Friday 30 June has been cancelled due to the persistent wet weather. It is hoped that another date can be arranged soon. Ticket holders who want a refund can get one from the visitor centre in Gisborough Priory. Alternatively tickets already purchased will be valid for any new date that is arranged, so watch this space.
When the performance is rearranged 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 to be rescheduled soon and it is planned that the Priory will be open from an hour or two before the performance starts so that visitors can enjoy a picnic and walk within grounds. Bring low-backed chairs or rugs or simply sit on the grass.
Numbers will be 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). Once the new performance date has been arranged tickets will be 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.