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Announcing a bold and original show depicting Knaresborough’s history

18th May 2014

Categories: News

Knaresborough’s rich and colourful history will be presented in a whole new way as part of the festival of events celebrating the Tour de France’s arrival in July. The “Knaresborough Kaleidoscope” is a son et lumière show (French for sound and light); a style of entertainment that uses lighting, projected image, music, sound effect and dialogue. 

The show has been commissioned by Le Tour Knaresborough, a community umbrella group, with financial support from Renaissance Knaresborough.  It forms a headline event for the Tour de France celebrations. The one hour show is being produced by Atmos Productions and utilises professional quality sound and lighting - the sort used at large-scale music festivals.

Mark Firth, who is leading on the project for Le Tour Knaresborough, explained, “I have seen son et lumière shows in towns in France. They normally take place outdoors and use a historical building as the centrepiece, shining coloured lights and projecting images. When we were looking to mix French elements with a history of Knaresborough son et lumière seemed a great approach.”

Plans settled on the use of Holy Trinity Church because it has a large knave space.  It is both wide and high. It offers excellent space and with control over light and sound compared with an outside location.

Mark Firth explained, “We wanted an entertaining show that would be funny but historically correct, a show for all the family. I had Horrible Histories in mind when developing the show. Atmos Productions put forward a writer, David Davies, who was provided with local history books and came back with a really funny script.” Mr Davies added that, “There is a really exciting and remarkable history connected to Knaresborough, involving pivotal historical events, fascinating trends, sensational characters, which not only illustrate the unique qualities of the town but also reflect the changing face of Britain over the years.”

David Davies explained, “The purpose of the show was to present a light-hearted entertainment, bringing smiles and fun as well as providing fascinating information about the history of the town. One thing I did not have to strive for too hard was variety: it was there already from the comical antics of Mother Shipton, the dark deeds connected with the murder of Thomas Becket and the range of significant characters such as Oliver Cromwell and King John who all played their part in the Knaresborough story.”

The show will have six performances at Holy Trinity Church, Gracious Street, Knaresborough on Friday 27, Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 June and Friday 4, Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 July at 8.30pm.  Tickets for the show are now on sale.  Adult tickets are £10 and tickets for under 18s are £7.  Tickets are available from Cloud 99, 33 Market Place, Knaresborough.

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