Performing Arts

Music, storytelling, juggling, theatre, and similar artistic endeavors.

Crosston Dance Ball 2006

Do you love period dance and are eager for a chance to dance the night away? Are you new to dance and want to give it a try? Do you have 12th Night garb that didn't quite get finished in time for 12th Night? Then this is your big chance to realize your dreams: come to Crosston Shire's annual Dance Ball and show off your finery while learning and performing popular period dances. A day of dance instruction led by our fabulous dance instructors will be followed by a sumptuous one-course feast prepared by Lady Chiara la Trombottiera, and an evening of dance to the sweet tunes of our wonderful live musicians.

Shakespeare Film Festival

Set your Tivos! On Wednesday, December 14, 2005, Turner Classic Movies will hold a 24-hour-long Shakepeare film festival beginning at 6:00 am (EST).

"Spamalot" to Begin North American Tour

The musical hit "Spamalot" is scheduled to tour beginning with Boston in March. The show is based on "Monty Python and the Holy Grail."

Blue Dragons

The Blue Dragons are a Middle Ages reenactment group that specializes in theatrical combat techniques. They provide instruction in the use of various medieval weaponry, and their programs are open to both men and women.

Highland Bagpipes from PVC

Looking for the perfect hand-crafted Christmas gift? How about a set of homemade bagpipes made from Naugahyde and PVC plumbing pipe.

Leslie Fish to Perform at Estrella Bardic Concerts

Baron Friedrich Ethelred aus Schloss Trier, Internal Publicity Autocrat for Estrella War XXII, has announced that Estrella XXII will feature both Family Bardic and Bawdy Bardic Concerts. Filk favorite Leslie Fish is scheduled to perform.

Are you feeling funny? Medieval humor

Aoife's Links this week brings us a fine cure for the Wintertime Blues, with links full of the humor (not the humours) of the Middle Ages.

Globe Theatre's Mark Rylance on Farewell Tour

Mark Rylance, the artistic genius behind London's Globe Theatre, is planning to leave his position as Artistic Director. His vision to rebuild the Globe and produce period plays there has been rewarded with great success.

Rivenoak Yule

Gentle reader, rejoice in the knowledge of the Rivenoak Yule feast I now offer to you: The hall for the Rivenoak Yule Feast on Saturday, December 10th will now open for attendees at 4:30pm, when some simple country dances will be taught until 6pm.

Tournament of the Wolf Moon

Amid the cold and deep snows of midwinter, the wolf packs howl hungrily throughout the land. A lone rider comes with a missive from the Company of the Azure Rose in the fairest kingdom Trimaris far to the south where alas the sun still shines.

Royal Shakespeare Performance of The Canterbury Tales

The Royal Shakespeare Company will perform "The Canterbury Tales" in Chester, February 14-18, 2006.

Medieval Gateway Temporarily Part of Arts Performance

Canterbury's Westgate, billed as one of the "most recognisable landmarks in Kent," is being integrated into an art project.

Kutztown University Medieval Renaissance Holiday Dinner Theatre

Subtle Hint Productions in conjunction with the Kutztown University Renaissance Club presents:

December, 1486. The bitter civil war that has divided England for so many years has ended with Henry (VII) Tudor sitting upon the throne. The War of the Roses is over; having torn families apart and turning the best of friends into the worst of enemies. This is a tale of two of those families; The House of Westcott and the House of Montgomery. The Patriarchs of both houses were once great friends and allies, but when the trumpets of war blew, one stayed loyal to his king, while the other aligned with his challenger.

Now, ten years later, Baron William Montgomery hopes to undo the damage done by that terrible war. Weary of conflict, he wishes to live his remaining years with the knowledge that the house his son Charles inherits is a strong and stable one. His plan on the surface seemed simple enough. The best way to mend the fence between Harold; The Earl of Westcott and himself was to join their two families as one, by marrying Charles to Harold’s daughter Mary. Of course there were a great many things that played against this plan.

Known World Choir Will Perform at Estrella War

Baron Friedrich Ethelred aus Schloss Trier, Internal Publicity Deputy for Estrella War XXII, has announced that the Known World Choir will perform February 19, 2006.

Performers to Shine at Estrella Bardic

Baron Friedrich Ethelred aus Schloss Trier, Internal Publicity Deputy for Estrella War XXII, has announced that the Crystal Flute Bardic and the Crystal Fruit Filk will take place February 17, 2006 at the Estrella War. Performers are welcome.

Byzantine Christmas Concert

Residents of the Pacific Northwest will have the opportunity to hear the Greek Byzantine Choir, directed by Lycourgos Angelopoulos, when they present a Christmas concert in Portland and Seattle.

Tavern at Kingdom's Edge

The Tavern at Kingdom's Edge hosts feasting and revelry—but also devilry. Located in the Shire of Port Oasis, the Tavern at Kingdom's Edge hosts a faire November 18, 19 and 20, the weekend prior to the feast of Thanksgiving.

Celtic Home & Hearth

Celtic Home & Hearth sells Celtic and Renaissance merchandise such as Celtic and Renaissance Bridal jewelry, Wedding items (cake toppers, toasting glass, lucky six pence, Celtic bridal veils, etc.), Celtic sterling and gold jewelry, puppets, Celtic cross stitch kits and cross stitch patterns, cloaks, shirts, kilts, Celtic and Renaissance inspired T-Shirts, silk and cotton scarves, books, book bags, throws, music CDs, bodhrans, tin whistles, chanters, Celtic baby items, collectibles, and even canned haggis!

Beowulf as a Modern Rock Opera?

A musical version of the epic poem? The Irish Repertory Theatre is putting on this amibitious version from October 16 through November 13, 2005, at the Rep's Theatre in New York City.

Uprising XIX Photos, Music Online

Lord John Gilson has posted photos from Uprising XIX, which took place in the Kingdom of Artemisia.

Bestselling German Medieval Group to Make US Debut in October

One of Europe's best-known and most popular medieval groups (they had a Top 20 album in Germany last month), Corvus Corax, will make their US debut at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire for two weeks in mid-October.

Corvus Corax Live Concert

German medieval band Corvus Corax will be performing four sets on the Chessboard Stage throughout the day.

Octoberfest

The Barony of Wealdsmere invites you to a day of Tournaments and Feasting. We will be holding our annual Toys for Tots Championships. These include a heavy and fencing tourney, as well as an A&S, Bardic and Games competition. The cost to enter any of the tourneys or contests is a new, unwrapped toy. Also, anyone who is not entering a contest may feel free to donate!

Calling Entertainers to Canterbury Faire!

Baroness Katherine Kerr of the Hermitage, Manager, Lord Lovel's Men, has announced that Southron Gaard's (Christchurch, New Zealand) Canterbury Faire is seeking entertainers to perform at the Half-Circle Theatre.

Feast Upon the Day of Saint Hedwig VII

Come join with the populace of the Shire of Herons Reach in celebrating yet another year's moss harvest. Though the summer drought has slowed the amount of harvest, the quality is superb. Saturday, October 22nd, a potluck feast will be held to commemorate the Day of St. Hedwig, the patron saint of moss gatherers.

Falling Leaves

Come one, come all, to Felding's annual Falling Leaves celebration. This year, the event will include fencing, thrown weapons, merchants, a commedia del arte performance by i Sebastiani, a sing-a-long with the Quire, and an evening ball.

Champions of al-Barran

The Barony of al-Barran invites you to join them for one of the most exciting and different events of the year - Champions (16 - 18 September 2005). What makes this even so different - PRIZES, PRIZES, PRIZES!!!!

Medieval World Would Offer Visitors a Chance to Experience the Middle Ages

A cross between Disney World and a Ren Faire, Medieval World, to be located in Fort Collins, Colorado, would be open all year offering an authentic living history environment for visitors of all ages.

Song dedicated to courage of SCAdians in path of Katrina

Master Aaron faheud Swiftrunner, a bard in the Middle Kingdom, offers this song dedicated to the courage of our brothers and sisters in the southern kingdoms.

"Whippoorwill" Profits to Aid Katrina Victims

George Reed, spokesman for the Chateau Teafort Trio, has announced that all profits from the group's debut album Whippoorwill will be donated to relief efforts for SCA victims of Hurricane Katrina.