JUL 00] BELGRADE THEATRE NEWS
Ostriches At The Ready In Ruins
blue ostrich will walk into view tonight to start the millennium mysteries
at Coventry Cathedral.
sky over the ruins will be lit by giant torches as dark falls for the run
of shows using the only remaining segment of a Coventry Medieval Mystery
16th century snippet has been added to and re-interpreted by theatre
directors from Coventry and Poland.
from the Polish company Teatr Biuro Podrozy have been rehearsing on top of
a multi-storey car park in the city centre for the show – the only place
where their stilts can be safely accommodated.
project, which attracted the largest Millennium Festival arts grant in the
West Midlands features the re-telling of a familiar biblical story.
the co-production between Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre and the
world-famous Polish company will tell the story of Herod and the Three
Kings like it has never been seen before.
mysteries, which run until 5 August, will include a devil and angel, 10ft
off the ground on stilts, battling over a huge inflatable world.
will sit on the giant globe and the three kings ride in on a giant blue
ostrich, a 10ft long tortoise, and an enormous elephant.
the first time that Teatr Biuro Podrozy have been involved with a joint
English venture in the city, although they performed here three times
during the 1990s.
production will involve both English and Polish professional actors and
nearly 100 local people from all areas of the community with ages ranging
from 7 to 70.
cast includes Coventry-based actor, Andy Hockley, as one of the Narrators
plus Joe Speare playing Herod/Pilate, Isobel Ford as Mary Magdalene, Kraig
Thornber as the Astrologer.
Jermond, Rachel Karafistan, also from Coventry, and Manjinder Virk are the
rest of the English actors and they will be joined by six performers from
performances start at 8.30pm and run every night except Sundays. Ticket
details on 024 7655 3055.