Theatre company brings classic tale to Tealby

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Canterbury Tales EMN-160928-220929001

Tealby Village Hall opens its new season of entertainment by welcoming the Greenmatthews company and their production of The Canterbury Tales.

Written in the late 14th century, The Canterbury Tales is the high-water mark of medieval English literature.

Based around the concept of a disparate group of pilgrims to the shrine of Thomas à Becket at Canterbury Cathedral who tell each other stories to while away the journey, it paints a rich and vibrant portrait of life in medieval England.

All human life is present – from the dark and brooding Pardoner’s Tale to the bawdy Miller’s Tale, via the proto-feminism of the Wife of Bath’s Tale and the simple whimsy of the Nun’s Priest’s Tale.

Although Chaucer wrote his masterwork more than 600 years ago, it still feels contemporary.

GreenMatthews present six of the best-loved tales, told in a variety of styles.

Taking visual inspiration from medieval mystery plays and complete with a touring set constructed to resemble a medieval travelling theatre, the three-man cast use drama, storytelling and song to paint a sumptuous picture of life in the Middle Ages, packed with colourful characters and laughs a-plenty.

The show is on Sunday, October 2, at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £10 in advance from the village shop, 01673 838718 or £11 on the door.