After the shocking discovery of long-lost human remains in Durham back in 2013, archaeologists from Durham University discovered that they belonged to Scottish prisoners of war from the 1650 Battle of Dunbar, who were marched to Durham to be imprisoned in the then vacant Castle and Cathedral. Five years later, those archaeologists have teamed up with Newcastle-based Theatre Company Cap-a-Pie to create ‘Woven Bones’, a production set to re-flame the tale of those 17th-century soldiers.
Written by Scottish playwright Laura Lindow, known for her work on such productions as ‘The War of the Worlds’, Hey Presto!’ and ‘Heartbreak Soup’, ‘Woven Bones’ explores the fate of the soldiers fighting in the civil wars and examines the life of the survivors of imprisonment whilst investigating the archaeologist’s findings along the way. Lindow and Cap-a-Pie’s artistic director, Brad McCormick, partnered with Durham University to offer the distinct trace of the route marked by the soldiers from Dunbar to Durham.
“a rare and unique opportunity to meet members of the Durham University team responsible for the excavation will be available to all in attendance”
Despite its historical significance as a notoriously brief battle, lasting only a mere sixty minutes, The Battle of Dunbar resulted in the end of life for many soldiers and their adoring families. The production of ‘Woven Bones’ portrays the manner in which archaeologists utilised modern technologies to appraise these tales of the fallen soldiers of the Battle of Dunbar.
After the conclusion of each performance, a rare and unique opportunity to meet members of the Durham University team responsible for the excavation will be available to all in attendance, allowing you to paint a clearer picture of their meticulous work.
‘Woven Bones’ will play at the illustrious Gala Theatre in Durham on Friday 6th July and Saturday 7th July, both beginning at 19:30. Tickets are priced at £12.00 for adults and £10 for concessions and can be purchased at galadurham.co.uk or by contacting the Gala Theatre Box Office on 03000 266 600.