Green Knight from woman’s perspective at Buxton

Published: 29 June 2018
Reporter: Steve Orme

An Arthurian adventure with a twist: Debbie Cannon’s one-woman show Green Knight is inspired by a medieval poem but will be retold by one of its female characters at Buxton Fringe.

She is excited to take the show, based on the medieval poem Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, to Buxton as it is believed the Green Knight’s home might be based on landmarks in the Staffordshire Roaches, including Lud’s Church. It has also been suggested that the poem might have been written by a monk at the nearby Dieulacres Abbey in the town of Leek.

“I first read the poem when I was 17 and I’ve loved it ever since. I wanted to build a show around it not only to re-tell the story, which is a cracking tale, but also to give a voice to the woman at its heart.

“In the show, we get a chance to get to know her a little better, to hear her side of the story, and to understand a little of what the life of a medieval woman was like.”

Green Knight will play in the workroom of the Green Man Gallery from Friday 6 until Monday 9 July and Wednesday 11 July, all at 12 noon.