24th July - 2nd August 2014
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A Dramatic Reading
Adapted by SEAMUS HEANEY
Directed by LYNNE PARKER
In off the moors, down through the mist bands,
God-cursed Grendel came greedily loping.
The bane of the race of men roamed forth,
hunting for prey in the high hall.
Beowulf is regarded as the greatest of all Anglo-Saxon poems and a classic of European literature. Indeed it stands as one of the foundation works of poetry in English. Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney’s translation remains faithful to the original, line by line, at all times both lyrical and musical, while adding the poet’s own creative expression and turning it into a truly epic drama.
Beowulf tells the gripping story of a larger than life hero with extraordinary strength who encounters the monstrous, in the form of the seemingly invincible Grendel and Grendel's mother, defeats it again and again, and then has to live on, physically and psychically exposed, in that exhausted aftermath. Award-winning director, Lynne Parker, who like Heaney, hails from Northern Ireland, will stage the production for Tron Theatre Company.
'...Heaney’s intelligence, fine ear and obvious love of the poem brings Beowulf alive as a melancholy masterpiece...’ Evening Standard
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