Due to unforseen circumstances, our June production of Four Knights in Knaresborough has been cancelled. We apologise to anyone looking forward to seeing it – hopefully we will be able to stage it at a later date. It will be replaced with a production of David Hare’s The Breath of Life, directed by Fleur Buckley. Full details and audition dates are now on the website and our Facebook page.
Four Nights in Knaresborough
by Paul Webb | directed by Mike Savill | by arrangement with Nick Hern Books
Monday, 25th June – Saturday, 30th June 2018, 8.00pm
‘far more Tarantino than T.S Eliot… Blackadder crossed with Reservoir Dogs… the subject matter is fascinating… astutely cast’ (The Times)
‘a surprising and gripping watch… Webb’s script is still sabre-sharp… it’s Lock Stock in medieval Yorkshire’ (Exeunt)
The 12th Century: The Archbishop of Canterbury is dead and England is crying out for the murderers’ blood. The four knights guilty of the crime are being hunted by their King and fellow countrymen, their lives and careers are ruined and one of them has a bloody awful toothache…
This modern play by Paul Webb attempts to answer the question of what happened after these men committed “the worst career move in history”. Set over the following year, in a castle in deepest, darkest Yorkshire, with the punchy pace and language of the Tarantino Generation, Four Nights in Knaresborough explores the legacy of history and relationships under strain.
Funny, violent, touching, more than a little crude and intelligent; join Brito, Traci, Morville and Fitz as they fight, freeze and fornicate through the worst year of their lives.
Containing very strong language and nudity this is a dramatic play with many moments of irreverent and dark comedy and adult themes.
CAST: The cast is as follows, playing ages are suggestions only
BRITO – a young, brash knight in his early twenties. Something of the new generation, Brito is not an aristocrat and involved himself in the assassination for more opportunistic than idealistic reasons. His time in Knaresborough sees him grow, as if through a rite of passage. There is an attraction between himself and Traci but ultimately it is Catherine for whom he is willing to sacrifice himself. The part involves some nudity.
FITZ – mid-thirties. The oldest of the knights and the one who actually struck the death blow. He is damaged and has an underlying violence, though is very much assured of his convictions through his aristocratic background.
MORVILLE – thirty. Ideologically influenced and motivated. He argues that Becket’s death was necessary as he was opposing Henry II’s progressive reform. He is genuinely perturbed by his excommunication and isolation but believes, mistakenly or otherwise, that Henry is on their side.
TRACI – early thirties. Also influenced by the belief that Becket’s death was a necessity he is guilt-ridden like Morville. He is also in love with Brito. In the past he has had a relationship with the aristocratic Fitz, but is now very much alone, and this sense of isolation is a notable part of this complex character.
CATHERINE – spirited and strong, she is Morville’s servant, but has a sense of rebellion and danger to her that sees her as an equal to the four men who she serves. The part involves some nudity.
BECKET/WIGMORE/JOHN, a VISITOR – three parts played by the same actor, all of them small but possessing an enigmatic quality which suggests deeper themes
Audition pieces are now available and can be forwarded by email. If you want to look at any of them or the script in advance or you have any questions please email Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him on 07940495474.
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