PF14 Artist Snapshot – Mediaeval Madness presents “The Miller’s Tale”

NOTE: PortFringe will be profiling PF14 Artists and their shows on this blog in the weeks leading up to the festival (June 24-29, 2014). The next snapshot is of Mediaeval Madness – an ensemble led by past PortFringe artist Janet Lynch, presenting the premiere of her original adaptation of a humorous Chaucer tale.

Artist: Mediaeval Madness
Show: The Miller’s Tale
Description: Mediaeval mayhem in rhyming verse ensues in this updated version of Chaucer’s classic. A clever astrologer connives to bed a carpenter’s sexy and savvy young wife, while a conceited cleric squares out the love quadrangle with painfully hilarious results. Think of it as Chaucer meets Blackadder!

Tell us something we don’t know about you/your company, and your PortFringe show.

Chaucer’s rude “Miller’s Tale” is hilarious,
Yet for readers can be quite precarious;
Its language mediaeval
Can cause headaches evil
And related conditions nefarious.
The remedy? Well, to be terse,
Is a modern translation in verse,
So don’t be a tosser,
Come and see rhyming Chaucer-
We promise you’ll laugh off yer arse!

What are you most looking forward to about PortFringe 2014?

Making people laugh really, really hard.

Lobster or Steak? Discuss.

“Speaking as a lobster- a beast of the sea,
Quite obviously land-based steak’s not for me!
Yet in spite of our species’ omnivore reputation,
I would not, I could not, eat another crustacean-
Let alone a poor lobster! No, I fancy crushed clam!
(Why, you might as well ask me if I like candied yams!)
Steak or lobster indeed- the question’s simply outlandish-
Next you’ll be offering a hot pink cucumber sandwich!”
-The Lobsterfrom “Clam I Am”


Thursday, June 26 at 8:00pm – SPACE Gallery
Sunday, June 29 at 2:00pm – SPACE Gallery

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