‘The Canterbury Tales: Part One’ & ‘The Canterbury Tales: Part Two’, Perth Fringe Festival 2013
This production by theatre company KNUTS is a modern adaptation of Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales in two parts. Adapted by Stephen Quinn and directed by Stephen Lee, it transposes stories from Chaucer’s original text into a variety of different genres, ranging from Western to silent film, Victorian melodrama and a Shakespearean version of a Medieval Romance. Part One includes renditions of ‘The Pardoner’s Tale’, ‘The Miller’s Tale’ and ‘The Reeve’s Tale’, and Part Two ‘The Franklin’s Tale’, The Wife of Bath’s Tale’ and ‘The Merchant’s Tale’. This production featured as part of the Perth Fringe Festival in 2013, where ‘The Canterbury Tales: Part One’ was performed from 7 February to 13 February and ‘The Canterbury Tales: Part Two’ was performed the following week from 14 February to 19 February 2013. A positive review of ‘The Canterbury Tales: Part Two’ from The West Australian can be read at: http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/entertainment/a/-/entertainment/16159623/review-the-canterbury-tales-part-two/.
In Chaucer’s original The Canterbury Tales, written in the late fourteenth century, the narrator joins a group of 29 pilgrims who are about to set out on a journey from Southwark to Canterbury to visit the shrine of Saint Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. He proposes that each member of the group tell two stories to entertain them on their journey, and proceeds to record each of these ‘tales’. The teller of the best story was to be rewarded with a free meal at the expense of the rest of the group.
Adapted by Stephen Quinn
Directed by Stephen Lee
Part Two: 14 February 2013 – 19 February 2013