Kynren time

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If you have been to an open-air theatre, you will know that it is a very different experience to sitting inside and listening to a musical, a play or a farce. An open air festival like Glastonbury or the Isle of Wight is different to a visit to the o2 or the Birmingham Arena.

At the press preview of the Kynren show in Bishop Auckland 2019.

It is the same with Kynren.

Not only could it never work in a theatre given that the cast would number a thousand or more, it needs large spaces so that the whole structure and enthusiasm of the actors can be enjoyed. Indeed the Kynren “stage” is 7.5 acres!

For those of you who haven’t come across Kynren before, this is an annual outdoor, summer event that takes place at Flatts Farm in Bishop Auckland in County Durham.

Without doubt, Kynren is the UK’s biggest outdoor live family theatre event. Three performances, one a sell out and given that 8,000 places are available for each performance, have already happened and the general view is that this year, Kynren is as good, as appealing and as enthralling as ever.

Only available on Saturdays until September, (not August 3rd) Kynren is a pageant of the last 2,000 years of England. This year there is greater emphasis on Vikings. Even before the show starts you can go around the Viking Village, watch work in the blacksmith’s forge, see Shield Maidens at work around the fire and watch the Vikings challenge each other as they practise for their raids!

Although Kynren might have a cast of a thousand there are other “actors.” Geese and sheep – neither renowned for successful completion at RADA – take part suggesting one performance is not a complete copy of another!

With 2,000 years to cover, some of the events included are Boudicca’s doomed uprising against the Romans; the clash of Viking and Anglo-Saxon leaders at the battle of Stamford Bridge; jousting knights on horseback charging at full speed, for the entertainment and merriment of Bishop Bek, the Prince Bishop of Durham and even King Arthur’s encounter with the Lady of the lake and as he draws the sword Excalibur from the stone. Moving forward five hundred years or so, Queen Elizabeth I on her royal barge invites Shakespeare to introduce some of his most famous characters before things turn gruesome as the Civil War ids played out to Charles’ I’s final journey to the executioner’s block.

Given the significance of the peace treaty ending WWI and the 75th anniversary of D-Day in WWII, you’ll not be surprised to see the two wars along with a 1940s bar and street party for everyone to get into the show spirit.

All this means that although the show has a running time, there are dozens of things to see and do before curtain-up. Allow a few hours in advance and you can make it a day-out!

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