Watch Us Perform
TWT performances have sometimes been filmed and we include those films here to give you a sense of what our performances are like, both indoors and outdoors.
We have also been asked to perform in films for English Heritage. The Myths and Legends series for 2019 were cast, costumed and written and performed by us with the very talented Immediate Media.
RAS The Way to the Stars
This performance for the Royal Astronomical Society is typical of our work. It involves acted out scenarios, storytelling and song, with some deft visual images. The RAS were delighted and asked us for the lyrics for the “Song of the Computers” so they could sing it at their annual dinner. It told a serious story in an amusing way to a room full of some of the cleverest people we’ve worked for.
‘Myths & Legends’ series for English Heritage
This series of films, still ongoing, is part of the EH celebration of myths and legends associated with their sites. Our aim was to be true to the legend and to tell each one in a slightly different way, with Kathy as a focus to build on her incredible internet success as Mrs. Crocombe at Audley End House. We wanted to act as a counterpoint to the excellent dissections of the truth behind the myths by Professor Hutton, by presenting the version of the stories that had come to be the accepted legend. Not only do we appear in them, but Simon wrote the rhyming couplet narration and did the voice over. Many TWT regulars appear in the series.
Whitby is a familiar site to us thanks to our Dracula promenade play. We had covered the subject of St Hild before, but this was a fantastic opportunity to retell the tale with Kathy as the heroine, ridding the Abbey land of serpents, and winning over the locals in the process. For a shoot in spring the weather was glorious, perhaps St. Hild was showing her approval?!
Dancers of Stanton Drew
The tale of how the standing stones came to be is a classic moral tale. It allowed us to bring in colleagues with music and dance skills to frolic in a cow pat strewn field on a baking hot spring da. All credit to EH and Immediate Media for filming and editing this into a brilliant take on the tale.
Cult of Mithras
This story was more of a challenge as so little is known, but a lot is inferred about this ancient cult. I worked closely with EH historians to create a script that gave a sense of the mystery and told a possible version of what practitioners of the cult might have done. It was our first purely studio shoot and it was helped by our colleague Nigel Amos providing us with an excellent selection of Roman Cavalry parade helmets, which really added to the atmosphere.
Charles II and the Oak
Again the weather was kind to us, although in all those layers of wool, running round on a hot summers day was not the most comfortable experience. The thrill for us here was that we were actually on the site of these events from nearly 370 years ago. As this story was quite well known, we wanted to make it funnier than it must have been for the participants at the time. As with our plays, we generally have a cast of three, and this has been true of all the films except Stanton Drew. After her absence from the all-male world of Mithras, Kathy returned to play King Charles’s saviour and we hope the twist at the end raises an eyebrow.
The Wronged Lady
The most challenging of the series so far, involving as it does, a ghost coach made of bones and a phantom Hell Hound. We hope you enjoy the results. The Production Team really did a great job in the edit.
‘What was life like as…’ series for English Heritage
So far we have appeared in two of this series, which gave children the opportunity to experience the lives of historical figures associated with well known EH sites.
Tracy, who you will recognise from the RAS “Way to the Stars” film, gave a brilliant turn as Margaret Brotherton, a thirteenth century noblewoman, instructing her charges in the manners expected at table at Framlingham Castle.
Simon portrays a Saxon Abbott, Aelred of Rievaulx Abbey in North Yorkshire with his delightful monks, who do not look like they would like to live on the recommended monastic diet, although they quickly learnt how to keep a vow of silence and still communicate.
Medieval noble woman
Sophia Duleep Singh
Filmed in the middle of the Thetford Festival of the Punjab and telling an incredible story of bravery and resilience, this piece illustrates how we are often surrounded by distractions and yet our actress Grethe is unphased by it. This sort of “Pop Up” or Street Theatre is where we are often found. As part of the Thetford Festival of the Punjab we have performed pieces for two years running, and have had the great honour of seeing Grethe perform this piece in Parliament.