The Road to Agincourt is a two year project to explore events of 600 years ago: the iconic story of Henry V and the Battle of Agincourt and its impact on our local region. The Berry Theatre’s response to the project has been to create three new plays which approach the story in different ways. The specially commissioned play Across The Dark Water by Ben Musgrave toured around our region into historic venues, retelling the story of the Southampton Plot; The Road to Glory was commissioned for The Berry Youth Theatre and took as its inspiration the child soldiers in Henry’s retinue. Of course most people’s image of Henry and memories of Agincourt are actually what have come down to us from William Shakespeare – who will have his own 400th anniversary next year. Shakespearience’s Henry V was a reworking of the Bard’s classic history play in an abridged version for secondary schools.
In all the new work created by The Berry Theatre and its drama development team, it has been important for us to start first from the original sources and to have the support of historians such as Professor Anne Curry and her colleagues from the University of Southampton. We could not have achieved our programme without the support of our funders; Eastleigh Borough Council, Arts Council England, The Heritage Lottery Fund and Agincourt 600.
If you missed any of the performances you can find out more about them and see digital versions on the accompanying website www.roadtoagincourt.co.uk. The story does not end here, in 2016 we move on to Hamble and Bursledon where Henry V had some of the greatest ships ever seen built on the river to support his French ambitions. We will also look at what inspired Henry the boy with our project around the stories of Bevis of Hampton in The Legends of Sir Bevis. Keep up to date with all our upcoming events by joining our mailing list via: firstname.lastname@example.org
For schools, education resource packs will be available via our website on all these projects.
Image: Mr Darren Hawkins © Farrows Creative