A sell-out audience got a taste of Tudor times at a special banquet organised by Sedgeford archaeologists for local history-lovers and those hungry to learn more about the time-haunted ground.
Organised by Room at the Gin Productions, the event took place in The Boneyard Field last Wednesday, transporting the audience back to May 1536, when a Norfolk-bred Queen of England was beheaded for treason – losing her heart to one man and her head to another.
Tom and Harry was written by Gareth Calway, of Folkspot Radio, who also starred in the production as Sir Thomas Wyatt, alongside Steve Knowles, who played the formidable King Henry VIII. He has previously appeared in Eastenders, The Bill and Prime Suspect. The pair were supported by Pete Butterworth on guitar,
Mr Calway said: “The biggest audience of the run filled the marquee at the Sedgeford Historical, Archaeological and Research Project, set between the river valley’s deep woods and bone-filled sedge meadows on a perfect sunny July evening.
“Another extremely appreciative audience was laughing before us, when they weren’t terrified into silence by Steve’s Henry VIII.
“Pete’s tender per- formance of ‘The Ghost of Anne Boleyn’ set the scene and it was immediately apparent that this audience, drawn from the dig itself but also from Sedgeford village, other local villages and the towns of Lynn and Norwich, enjoyed its history as much as I do.”
The guests enjoyed a Tudor banquet of bread, cheese and meats all washed down with a selection of ales, wines and cider.
Mr Calway said: “There was a higher proportion of bright young - and distinguished, seasoned - diggers in the audience than usual to ponder this, and more than one connoisseur of Wyatt’s graceful fervour, which I enjoyed sharing.
“I can’t see my love affair with Norfolk history and archaeology ending any time soon.”
Mr Calway’s next performance is Beat Music at The Gin Trap, Ringstead, on September 12, from 8pm.
For more information, or to book tickets, go to www.garethcalway.blogspot.co.uk