Booty, Baddies and Beasties

Picture copyright Jon Craig

Dare to join us in the grand halls of Bristol Museum & Art Gallery for an immersive, adult only adventure inspired by the epic Old English poem of Beowulf. Heroes and monsters are among us and may arise from any heart …

Make your way through the mists and terror of the marsh where the monster Grendel lurks and take refuge in Hrothgar’s Mead-Hall with the Anglo-Saxon warriors. The hall is haunted by fear and fatalism as Grendel stalks the darkness beyond, weaving through the crowds to murder and plunder.

With theatrical performance, immersive film, dark sounds, swords and blood-curdling storytelling we will transport you into an otherworldly space where Beowulf may be embodied by a rap artist, a shadow or even an audience member.

The original poem’s blistering mix of fear, mystery and combat with the unknown will be given a contemporary twist – expect rap battles, music, and animation bringing the museum creatures alive.

Experts will illuminate Anglo-Saxon life, culture and gold during breaks in the action, and a bar will also be open in between skirmishes.

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, March 23 2017, 7.30pm – 10.30pm.
Tickets £15 / £12 concs. 18+

Book in advance only. Click here to book tickets. BSL interpretation available.

Arts Council EnglandCreated to complement the Warrior Treasures exhibition of Saxon gold from the Staffordshire Hoard, at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery until April 23rd 2017.

Cast List

  • Shirley Pegna (Desperate Men Musical Director) – Sound
  • Rod Maclachlan – Light, Projections Film
  • Dani Landau – Projections & Film
  • Jon Beedell – Directing, hosting
  • Richard Headon – Directing, hosting
  • Tom Stubbs, with Michael Smith & Joff Winterhart – Creating artistic response to theme of Monsters.
  • Bigger House Films
  • Jonny Steele (The Scribes) – Rap Battle
  • Dub Princess – Rap Battle, Grendel’s mother
  • DJ Dad – Music, sound
  • Faith Bennett – War Artist
  • Becky Prior (Priormade) – Set dresser and makes
  • Gail Boyle, Senior Curator of Archaeology at Bristol Museum – Keeper of the Treasure. Anglo Saxon life, riddles and tales from the archaeological sites
  • Becky Peters – Engagement Officer at Bristol Museum (exhibitions)

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