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“That’s Thomas Becket. Special man. He had his head cut off whilst praying. Just the top bit. But he still died…
Where’s the…? Adaptation—bit easier…”

The Company

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The Pilgrims

The Canon Yeoman: Sophia Rowlatt
The Cook: Jacob White
The Pardoner: Calum Blackie
The Miller: Jesamine Dempsey
The Monk: Ben Hepworth
Narrator/Geoff: Noah Lukehurst
The Nun’s Priest: Ben Jeffery
The Manciple: Dylan Jones
The Parson: Ed Butler
The Summoner: Syd Sutherland
The Wife of Bath: Dani Horton

Beans on Toast

Zeus Alford, AJ Birt, Martha Bryan, Edward Buckley, Harry Clapham, Oliver Elston, Evan Harris, Hannah Markham, Lily Olsson, Rebecca Phillips, Joanna Stewart-Valera, Daniel Vicente Thomas, Isabel Trinkle, Fraser Venn

On the Road

Amelie Friess, Will Parsons, Constanze Straub, Tristan Thomas

Jam Sandwiches

Isaac Barnes, Siena Cockell, Louis Cuskin-Lee, Charlotte Davies, Abbey Elston, Sofia French, James Griffiths, Emilia Hall, Esme Horgan, Danai Kalargeros, Daisy Keene, Lydia Macleod, Emma Markham, Freya Phillips, Callum Taylor, Seren Welsh

Creative Team

Directed & Designed by: Emily Quash
Adapted for the stage by: Toby Quash
Assistants to the Director: Teagan Gough, Flo Lloyd, Sammie Horton, Mery Sutherland, Georgia Blackie
Lighting & Sound Design: Richard Cooper

Production Team

Technical Director: Richard Cooper
Stage Manager: Defne Yavanirmak
Lighting Operator: Reuben Webb
Sound Operator: Joel Hassall
Assistant Stage Manager: Roualeyn Alford
Costume Workshop: Heather Riley
Head of Welfare: Elaine Ball
Head Chaperones: Elaine Ball, Caroline Lloyd, Helen Rowlatt

Production dates

Original run: 29th June – 7th July 2018, at The Dream Factory

The Canterbury Tales (or The Stories Of Geoff) was a startling new adaptation of Chaucer’s Medieval epic. Toby Quash reworked the stories to bring us hurtling into modern times, with irreverence, wisdom, power and insight. Taking heavy inspiration from the Britpop era, the production tracked a group of unlikely travelling friends, as they head off on a pilgrimage to the sacred cathedral which saw the demise of Thomas Becket.

Beautifully interwoven with poetry reflecting our modern society, and the trappings of materialism, this traverse production was both a celebration, and a warning, of what may come if humanity does not alter its perspective on its place within this world.

What the press say…

Here we go again. Another marvellous Playbox production full of “What is life? Life is… what? do we? Don’t We? What’s it all for?”.

The Stratford Herald