The Weymouth Pilgrim

Simon Waterfield

Historical Interpretation
Notice Period:
Regular (more than one month's notice)
Paid: £100 plus expenses if further than 50 miles from S E London
12th November 2017
Medieval History | Black Death | Story Telling | Pilgrimage

This monologue relates the story of a local boy joining the retinue of a local Lord, and experiencing two battles at the beginning of the Hundred Years War, the start of the Black Death in England and a pilgrimage to atone for perceived sins. Spoken and acted in a way to include the audience in his reminiscence, the archer tells of his experiences of life, death, war and pestilence, through describing:- • Weymouth in the1340s; • His going to France as a soldier and archer, experiencing the Siege of Caen and the Siege of Calais at the start of what we know to be the Hundred Years War; • The first outbreak of the Black Death in England in 1348 and what it did to the population and countryside; • A Pilgrimage to Santiago di Compostella to atone for his ‘sins’.

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About Simon Waterfield

Simon researches and writes monologues about events and people in history and performs his stories as a monologue in character in the first person. Using his experiences as re-enactor, actor, and drawing on family history, Simon has developed his monologues to illustrate how great historical events are seen from an ordinary person’s point of view. They are performed in costume of the time, and he brings items of a historical nature, to support the talk. There are a variety of characters ranging from a C7 welsh Saint to a WW1 soldier. Details, including photos and clients comments can be found on the website. I am based in S E London but am willing to travel, subject to agreement on expenses. My clients include WIs, U3A, English Heritage, National Trust, museums, Historical events organisers, historic houses.

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