Sunday, October 25, The Beacon, 11.30am: What better way to begin our Festival History Day than with a commemoration of the battle of Agincourt which took place on October 25 – 600 years ago! To mark the anniversary of this famous battle, we can listen to a lunch-time reading of ‘In Agincourt Field’ – a brand new play in verse by Ross Cogan, award winning poet and creative director of the Cheltenham Poetry Festival.
The work follows the fortunes of five men – soldiers, clerics, and King Henry himself – through all stages of the campaign, from the initial political manoeuvring, to the siege of Harfleur, then onward to the crossing of the Somme before it reaches its bloody conclusion in a field near the village of Azincourt.
Agincourt was one of the most decisive battles of the Middle Ages, and its anniversary is a timely reminder that it wasn’t just in the last century that British forces were fighting around the Somme. Join us for an exciting retelling of this famous historical event, which will also include a performance of music from the period during the interval.
Other parts will be read by Robin Gilbert, a fellow Cheltenham Poetry Festival director and poet; Peter Wyton, a Gloucestershire 1000 Poet Laureate and Forward Prize nominated poet; journalist and writer Aled Thomas and actor Craig Miller.
Sunday, October 25. 11.30am. The Beacon, Wantage. Tickets: £6
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