Peter Oswald – EGIL
Saturday 22nd April 2017
‘I woke up early with the birds
to hand up sturdy planks of words
to my speech-slave, my tongue, to build
echoing halls of praise, light-filled….’
A Viking poet from Iceland sails around the North Sea, fighting, escaping, and delivering unforgivable insults in thunderous verse. Egil is the greatest of the Viking poets, and his adventures and poetry are recorded in one of the greatest Icelandic sagas.
Peter Oswald performs his version written in English rhyming verse; in three parts, of twenty minutes each. Peter performed the first part at Shakespeare’s Globe and York Minster – now he performs all three, from Egil’s close shave at York with Erik Bloodaxe to his mad preposterous end in the bogs of Iceland.
His show demonstrates his versatility as a writer, poet, storyteller and actor, as he assumes a variety of characters, telling fast-paced stories full of surprise, danger & revelation, in poetry that has delighted audiences all over Britain and in the US. Peter was recently awarded a travelling scholarship by the Society of Authors, who wrote ‘The astonishing Peter Oswald…. his subtle, layered story-telling and dazzling use of language mark him out.’
Howard Gayton will accompany Egil on guitar, percussion and mandolin.
‘Oswald has the priceless gift of dramatic speech’ The Times
Starcross St Paul’s Church
To book tickets, please call 01626 890957
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