....that precious booty, the rounds and the rings they had reft erewhile, hardy heroes, from hoard in cave - trusting the ground with treasure of earls, gold in the earth, where ever it lies: Beowulf extract and translation from final chapter XLIII

Monday, 22 June 2015

Unearthed - The Gift

Roughly 1,400 years ago, give or take the odd century, someone buried a collection of dazzling gold and silver near Lichfield. No-one knows why. But as historians continue to pore over the Staffordshire Hoard, a major theatre festival Unearthed imagining how it might have got there.
Now, it has inspired 19 new plays to be performed at the New Vic theatre in Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire.

New Vic Theatre has commissioned 19 new works about the county and the amazing find that put it on the world map.
Supported by an Arts Council England Exceptional Award and developed with the support of the National Theatre Studio, the Hoard Festival will take over the entire venue from Saturday, June 20 to Saturday, July 25.
The festival will welcome historian Michael Wood as its patron and includes four new dramas on the New Vic's the main-stage, two studio shows, exhibitions and short plays to be performed in front-of-house areas

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