Leave No Stone Unturned
The stones in question in this eccentric lecture are the gravestones of famous people from English history. We learn off-beat facts about their (often eccentric) lives and talk about the ways in which they - or their executors - chose for them to be commemorated. So often we overlook the fact that all the people we learnt about at school are buried somewhere and this amusing presentation introduces us to some cemeteries and graveyards that are, today, so little studied.
The period covered in this lecture is wide ranging and includes well known figures from Bess of Hardwick to Florence Nightingale and the Dukes of Portland to Jerome K Jerome.
As well as their places of burial we also look at portraits of some of our subjects and the houses in which they lived.
The Weymouth Pilgrim
The Weymouth Pilgrim monologue relates the story of a local boy joining the retinue of a local Lord, and experiencing some battles at the beginning of the Hundred Years War, the start of the Black Death in England and a pilgrimage to atone for perceived sins. Spoken and acted in a way to include the audience in his reminiscence, the archer tells of his experiences of life, death, war and pestilence, through describing:-
• Weymouth in the1340s;
• His going to France as a soldier and archer, experiencing the Siege of Caen and the Siege of Calais at the start of what we know to be the Hundred Years War;
• The first outbreak of the Black Death in England in 1348 and what it did to the population and countryside;
• A Pilgrimage to Santiago di Compostella to atone for his ‘sins’.
I have two monologues covering this important event
A rather amusing piece not really heard since the days of music hall, (so not written by me!) but still pertinent and historically accurate.
A story, by me, of one of the barons who initially fought for King John, then had a change of heart, partly due to the intervention of Robin Hood of all people, and helped engineer the sealing of the Magna Carta and then fought in the civil war thereafter.