Broken Shells: A Medieval Sea Story


Storyteller and academic Daisy Black brings to life Chaucer’s Man of Law’s Tale – a tale of love, fear, violence and the queer, cold seas which roil and coil between nations.

Custance, who has beauty without pride, youth without foolishness and strength without tyranny, finds herself cast adrift at sea. Forced to endure hostile lands and people and carve paths for herself among strange cultures, the toughest of Chaucer’s heroines strings her strength across the oceans, telling us what it is to love and to survive.

Set among the eddies and currents of medieval romance, mythology and folk song, this one-woman show tells a haunting, visceral, occasionally funny tale that will whirl round your imagination, lace your tongue with salt and take you across the sapphire-worked seas to walk with the creatures at the far edges of the map.

The story is told against the backdrop of Manchester Cathedral’s medieval quire and is delivered in partnership with the Universities of Manchester and Wolverhampton and the Medievalism in the Modern World conference (MAMO). The performance is one hour long and is suitable for ages 13 and up. This event is donations only, with any profits going to The Booth Centre (Manchester) and Sheffield Donations for Refugees.

Friday 30 June: 17.30-18.30, Manchester Cathedral

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