Bloodthirsty world premiere to be staged at Academy

DRAMA students at De Warenne Academy are poised to deliver a world premiere performance, linked with Mexborough’s modern day poet, Ian Parks.

Ian’s poem Beowulf is a new piece for five voices, based on the Anglo-Saxon story.

Sixth-formers will join teacher Megan Grinsill in the performance at school on April 6, prior to it being staged professionally in Leeds next year.

The production, based on the bloodthirsty medieval tale of Beowulf the monster slayer, will be backed by strong sound and lighting effects.

Head of drama Helen Hunt said: “This is very exciting for us to be able to present a performance of a brand new piece before any other theatre companies get the chance!”.

Award-winning Ian Parks, 51, has been described as the finest love poet of his generation.