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Explosion of live music and story-telling

By Herald Express  |  Posted: November 29, 2012

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TACIT Theatre presents an explosion of live music, story-telling and general mischief in their production of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.

Their fresh, immersive re-telling of seven of the classic stories comes to the Northcott Theatre, Exeter, on December 5 and 6.

The show creates the atmosphere of a medieval tavern, with an informal atmosphere and live music throughout, making for an entertaining and foot-stomping night out.

The landlord of the Tabard Inn, Harry Bailey, is the host for the evening, welcoming the audience as patrons of the inn to enjoy a re-enactment of the stories by a group of travelling players.

At turns enchanting, scandalous and disgusting, the seven selected tales (The Miller's, Reeve's, Wife of Bath's, Nun's Priest's, Friar's, Summoner's and Pardoner's Tales) unfold in a new, accessible, adaptation of Chaucer's language by Tacit Theatre's Tom Daplyn.

From the antics of adulterous lovers to the revenge of cuckolded husbands, the characters and stories remain as engaging and recognisable today as they were in the 14th century, and are here interwoven with lovely renditions of folk music from all ages.

Young director Anthony Sebastian directs a talented cast of six actor-musicians including Rosalind Blessed (Taking Steps and Legacy Falls, Players Theatre) and John Canmore (Snake in the Grass, Print Room), in a new production of Tacit Theatre's show, originally staged at Southwark Playhouse last year.

The Canterbury Tales provide an evening of engaging and unashamedly entertaining story-telling theatre with music at its heart, and given the no-holds-barred bawdiness of the tales, the production is suitable for ages 14 and up.

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