Becket Pageant for London 2022
LONDON'S TURBULENT SON
Taking its inspiration from a historic London Becket Pageant of 1519, the Pageant of 2022 presents a playful, musical re-imagining of Becket’s life and legend, related through the eyes of early City guildsmen.
Charting Thomas’s story from the mythical meeting of his parents in the Holy Land and his early life on London’s Cheapside, to his meteoric rise to power from humble accounts clerk to the King’s right hand man, we follow his struggle between ambition, friendship and personal conscience all the way to its tragic culmination in the most scandalous murder of the middle ages, and its aftermath.
Directed by the Pageant’s creator, Emmeline Winterbotham, with music by rising young ex-Guildhall composer Vahan Salorian, Becket Pageant for London will be delivered by a talented professional production team, leading professional performers and a live band who will work alongside a community cast drawn from livery companies and schools.
Audiences will be invited to imagine themselves as citizens of Tudor London with themed food, drink, street entertainers and fascinating live crafts displays by successors of the early guilds.
This is a colourful and accessible production suitable for a family audience with little or no previous knowledge of Becket or his history.
We will also be fundraising for Youthscape, a national charity working for the benefit of all young people. Rooted in the long history of churches’ community work , the charity offers direct support for young people and resources local groups up and down the UK. Archbishop Justin Welby is Patron.
In the light of the COVID-19 pandemic much of Youthscape’s national work is focused on supporting young people’s emotional and mental well-being. The charity has created an innovative online video platform for young people to get advice from doctors and other professionals and also offers free group programmes for those who are struggling with self-harm. In the last year they have also provided schools with resources to address mental wellbeing with students and more than 30,000 secondary pupils have now completed one of their programmes on managing their wellbeing during lockdown.
Surplus funds raised through the Pageant will go towards this work in the coming year.
Becket Pageant for London is a not-for-profit organisation.