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An Elizabethan Twelfth Night Revel

Friday 4th to Sunday 6th January 2019

Halsway Manor National Centre for Folk Arts, Halsway Lane, Crowcombe, Somerset, TA4 4BD

Dancing, music, masquing and sociable merriment in the style of Twelfth Night at an Elizabethan country house. Dances from Italy, France and England will be taught by Anne Daye (for dancers with some experience) and Ann Hinchliffe (for newcomers). The choice of dances will be linked to Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, to the visit of a distinguished Italian visitor to the English court and to the theme of the masque.

Halsway Manor

An Elizabethan Twelfth Night Revel

In imitation of the court, we will present a Twelfth-tide Masque of Knights and Amazons, supported by three musicians. Your skills as dancer, speaker, singer or musician will be incorporated into the presentation, with the social dancing of the revels to follow the masque, and an audience willing to enter into the spirit.

Friday evening: Welcome, dinner, a short introduction to the weekend, then dancing and some party pieces.

Saturday: Dance classes in the morning. Rehearsals and preparation for the masque in the afternoon. Presentation in the evening.

Sunday: Talk by Anne Daye: Dancing at Queen Elizabeth's court through the eyes of Virginio Orsini, Twelfth Night 1600-1601, followed by more dancing (details to be confirmed).

Halsway Manor (Tudor, with 19th-century extensions) has a splendid entrance hall with a real fire; a bar and parlour; a well-run Folk Library; and the Long Room, where we eat and dance. Bedrooms are all upstairs, except for one ground-floor twin room with a wheelchair-accessible shower room; a few bedrooms are en suite.

Across the gardens is the Mews, with good hostel-type rooms, all en suite, and one ground-floor room accessible for wheelchair users. (Please let us know of any special requirements on the booking form.)

There is plenty of parking space, and pitches for tents, caravans and camper vans. See halswaymanor.org.uk for more information.

Good-quality home-cooked food is included in the cost of the residential weekend. The staff are happy to cater for all diets please let us know about your needs on the booking form.

Room rates

Prices are per person and include tuition and full board (Friday evening to Sunday afternoon). Please ask about day/half-day tickets, camping, etc. To find out how to become a member, see Join HDS.

AccommodationHDS membersNon-members
Early birdAfter 1 DecEarly birdAfter 1 Dec
Single room, en suite£256£261£261£266
Shared room, en suite£235£240£240£245
Single room, not en suite£235£240£240£245
Shared room, not en suite£201£206£206£211

Booking and payment deadline: 31 December 2018.

For more information, contact the event administrator, Ann Hinchliffe thedancingmaster@outlook.com.

Booking

To book, please download the flyer/booking form

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