Acting for the Mediaeval Play, "Ye Good Old Bard"



Acting for the Mediaeval Play, "Ye Good Old Bard"


This is a medieval play about finding yourself. I have had the privilege to play two characters. This play is a light-hearted comedy about a young squire who wishes to make a name for herself by going through several characters that help her achieve this goal. However, one of the characters I play is the antithesis to this problem in a compare and contrast role, and the other is a supporting character that is helped by the squire directly. The first inarguably the catalyst for the whole quest, the King himself, an absolute milquetoast, wet-napkin of a man who inarguably was the most fun role I’ve ever played, and by the end of the play, he practically learns nothing of value that would make him a better King except the bare minimum when he knights the female squire. The contrast is obvious, he holds very few chivalric ideals, acting only in his own interests and even tries to back out. The other role is the Dragon, a kind of direct contrast to my King character, a person who is very protective of his privacy but not scared to help out people, like the Queen. Confident and angry, a scary combination, but once the Squire breaks his rudimentary curse, he is free to live the way he wants to. This, in turn, gives a good example to the Squire of what to aspire to. To not be scared of who she is and even gives her some last-minute advice for her quest as well. I did have some secondary roles too, I helped a little with directing minor blocking and stage set up pre-performance, and a smaller bit with writing which was just editing some of my character's lines to help with flow.


Jeremy Combs