Past Event

Beowulf – A Thousand Years of Baggage

Fri 15 Feb 2013

A clever, funny and thoroughly exhilarating take on the much-studied Old English poem, New York-based company, Banana Bag and Bodice reclaim Beowulf from years of academic analysis and return it to the raw and rousing style of Anglo-Saxon storytelling. The tale of Beowulf and his battles with the monster Grendel and Grendel’s vengeful mother is brought brilliantly up to date, with an explosive seven-piece band whose musical language veers from Romantic lieder, Weill-esque cabaret and 1940s jazz to punk and electronica.

Part lecture, part mead-hall romp, Beowulf – A Thousand Years of Baggage is an award-winning mix of reverence, provocation and satire that creates sharp, visceral and jubilant entertainment. It is a unique, beer-soaked celebration of monsters, heroes, battles and great music-making.

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