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The Bloody Death Of Edmund Ironside: First Heard

Local filmmaker and writer, Glyn Carter, joins the ranks of local writers who have benefited from the innovative ‘First Heard’ project run by John Knowles at The Electric Palace Cinema, where he showcases his new play The Bloody Death Of Edmund Ironside at The Electric Palace Cinema on Wednesday the 15 March. 

The Bloody Death Of Edmund Ironside is set in the year of 1016: a year like 1066, when England had three kings. The land was awash in blood as the Danes under Canute assaulted the Saxons under Aethelred the Unready, and intrigue, political marriages, betrayal and – you guessed – murder, were rife. And, as the play shows, the events of 1016 led remorselessly to 1066.

Along the way you’ll meet iconic figures like Aethelred and Canute, and less well known characters like the redoubtable Queen Emma (William’s great aunt), Eadric ‘The Grasper’ Streona, and the ambitious but low-born, Godwin, father of Harold II.

As with all First Heard evenings, the performance is a rehearsed reading, with local actors. There will be a Q&A/feedback session afterwards.

Electric Palace, Hastings, 7.30, 15th March. £5 on the door

Posted 09:40 Friday, Mar 10, 2017 In: Performance

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  1. Heather Grief

    Just one small point, Godwin, father of Harold II was not low-born, his father was Wulfnoth (= wolf daring), thegn of Sussex. Wulfnoth was quite a big fish in the county, and Domesday Book shows his family held very substantial lands before 1066, though we don’t know how much of this was held by him earlier. He was exiled some time after 1008, probably thanks to the machinations of Eadric Streona, with whom he had been in charge of national defence naval exercises.
    Godwin appears to have been unimpressed with his father, as he only used the name Wulfnoth for his 6th son, at a time when you usually called your first son after your father.

    Comment by Heather Grief — Thursday, Mar 16, 2017 @ 14:13

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