Fair Field

 

 




















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In summer 2017 — a masterpiece of medieval English literature came back to life


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ritten almost 650 years ago by William Langland, Piers Plowman enters the mind of a wanderer, Will, as he falls asleep in the Malvern Hills, dreams of a ‘fair field full of folk’ and embarks on a quest to find Truth. Conceived and produced by multi-award-winning arts company Penned in the Margins, Fair Field re-imagined Piers Plowman for the twenty-first century through site-responsive performances, an exhibition at the National Poetry Library, podcasts, educational workshops and more. Fair Field invites you to enter the psychedelic dreamscape of Piers Plowman — to explore a world of inequality, political corruption and spiritual crisis that is uncannily like our own. Find out more.

Watch Will's journey unfold on film

Relive the action across Ledbury, London and the Malvern Hills as William Langland's epic poem of crisis comes to life through theatre, music, spoken word and site-specific performance. Watch the 30-minute highlight film below or explore all five production videos here.


► LIVE SHOWS


Audiences joined the Dreamer on an extraordinary search for Truth across the spectacular Malvern Hills, and in the heart of London, in a riot of music, theatre and spoken word that re-imagined Piers Plowman for today.

► EXHIBITION


A six-week exhibition at the National Poetry Library invited visitors to discover the enduring power of medieval poetry. The exhibition featured a rare, original manuscript of Piers Plowman alongside new artistic works and artefacts that brought Langland's world to life.

► EXPLORE THE TEXT


New to Piers Plowman and don't know where to start? Explore this remarkable 650-year-old poem with medieval poetry expert Dr Lawrence Warner. Schoolteachers: download teaching resources for students.




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