On Wednesday 11th July, Beeston Tales presents Silence, a wondrous tale with close connections to Nottingham. In 1911, a manuscript was discovered at Wollaton Hall, the only remaining copy of an Arthurian legend Roman de Silence. An Arthurian legend had been waiting for seven hundred years to be found. But it was 1911. Suffrage protests were at their explosive height, and this story suggests that King Arthur's lineage depended very much on female emancipation. So the tale itself was silenced.
The manuscript is now kept within Nottingham University, but ace storyteller Rachel Rose Reid breathes life into the dusty pages and shows us a story that remains very relevant for our times: questions of gender identity, female emancipation and the relative power of nature versus nurture are all explored within a fast paced, exciting adventure.
Wednesday 11th July, 7.30 pm at The White Lion, Beeston. Tickets £5 in advance, £6 on the door, available from The White Lion, or online at www.timralphs.com/beeston-tales . Inclusive tapas and tales ticket £12, available only in advance from The White Lion. All advanced tickets including meal tickets must be purchased at least 24 hours before the show.