On November 14 and 15, Beowulf the Ethereal Event will present all of Beowulf, performed live on Zoom.
Beowulf the Ethereal Event will feature the talents of 50 performers from 8 kingdoms: East, AEthelmearc, Atlantia, Ealdormere, Meridies, Midrealm, Northshield, and West.
The performance is being produced by the artistic team from Beowulf the Event (East Kingdom, 2011), Beowulf the Roadshow (Pennsic 2011 & 2012), and Njal’s Saga (AEthelmearc, 2017).
Beowulf the Ethereal Event will be livestreamed to the East Kingdom’s YouTube channel:
The entire epic will be split into two performances:
- Saturday night, November 14, starting at 7:30pm eastern.
- Sunday afternoon, November 15, at 2pm eastern.
The poem tells the story of the hero Beowulf, who rescues the Danes by killing the monstrous Grendel. He goes on to kill Grendel’s mother, become king, and then—in his old age—must face a dragon. Throughout, he learns lessons about kingship, feud, and the dangers inherent in fighting monsters.
The performance will be presented with the natural, organic backgrounds of our homes—bookshelves, workshops, home offices, kitchens, and living rooms.
We will tell the story without stage magic, but instead will use the available medium to bring Beowulf into the homes of the audience.
The performance text includes translations by Howell Chickering, R.M. Liuzza, Craig Williamson, A.S. Kline, Francis Grummere, M. Wendy Hennequin, Michael Dixon, and Emily Holbert. We are grateful for the permission to use their works.
While the exact age of Beowulf is not known, the anonymously written poem is the earliest work of full-scale English literature.
Beowulf consists of 3182 lines of poetry. It takes three and a half hours to perform it in its entirety.
The artistic team gratefully acknowledges the support of the East Kingdom Web Ministry, and the East Kingdom Ministry of Arts and Sciences.
The artistic team is:
Director: Master Toki Skáldagörvir (AEthelmearc)
Stage Manager/Company Manager: Mistress Jenevra de Carvalhal (East)
Academic and Literary Advisor: Prof. M. Wendy Hennequin (Tennessee State University, Nashville)
Assistant Director: Mistress Tyzes Sofia “Zsof” (Midrealm)
Assistant Director: Lucas Abernathy (East)
Director Toki Skáldagörvir is excited to be a part of the production.
“Beowulf is still relevant today. Leadership matters, well-earned loyalty is essential, and pride is a dangerous path,” Toki said, adding that Nietzche’s advice was true for Beowulf, and is true today, “Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster.”