a night of EPIC poetry
October 29, 2010
Tonight in the Zellerbach Playhouse I watched some EPIC old English poetry being recited by the amazing Benjamin Bagby accompanying himself on an Anglo-Saxon harp.
It was AWESOME. Completely engaging. 90 minutes of storytelling on a grand scale. Not dry recitation of a dead language but a spirited telling of a tale so grand that it transcended language. Thankfully there were super-titles translating everything because Old English is astoundingly incomprehensible.
And I love that it was a packed house and that there were 3 curtain calls… for BEOWULF!
Also – I was considered to be the younger generation which was a nice switch. The people were marvelous. I had a funny chat with the people sitting around me about the possibility of fund-raising with limited edition Grendel arms complete with blood dripping in a fountain or something like that. They thought entry way and dining room but I think it should go over the doorbell.
Then I chatted with a lovely woman outside the theater about translations and the dvd and other odds and ends.
It was a lovely evening.