Shakespearean Puppet Competition at Northern Oaken War Maneuvers

Reposted from the SCA Bards email list:


Crazy Llyw and Lady J, proprietors of the infamous Magic Carpet Kavehane, invite all those fond of creating alter-egos out of inanimate materials to test their mettle against their fellow artisans in the first-ever (to our knowledge) Shakespearean Puppet Competition.

Said sawdust smack-down will happen Friday night of the Northern Oaken War Maneuvers (presented by the Barony of Cleftlands/Shire of Falcon’s Quarry), June 5th, Wellington, Ohio, at O Dark Thirty. Location will be the Magic Carpet  Kavehane.

Rules are as follows

  • Present a song, sonnet or scene from Shakespeare (or the Shakespearean Theater scene?) of no more than six minutes in length.
  • Puppets may be of any non-hazardous material—handmade preferable, commercial also permissible, but consult criteria below. No size limits on puppets, however, those who wish to perform with larger than life size puppets please contact the Impresarios well in advance of your intent.

A 3 ½ foot wide stage with a tasteful backdrop, roughly 4 feet off of the ground will be provided.

Judging Criteria

  • Scope– level of difficulty—including construction of puppets, additional scenery, use of musical instruments, etc. If you choose to utilize a commercial puppet, consideration will made for creative costuming and use.
  • Creativity-choice of literary material, adaptation of content and medium, presentation–style of puppet.
  • Authenticity—recognizing that the will be a need for adaptation and editing in most cases, entry will be judged on how close the performance comes to the style and spirit of the Elizabethan Era.

Grand Prize is still under discussion but will be—grand.

To enter* or with questions please contact :

Llywelyn “Crazy Llyw” Glyndeyverdwy


Juliane  “Lady J” Bechaumpe

For more information about the Northern Oaken War Maneuvers:

*Entries will be accepted on-site until the competition begins. Order of entry will be on first-come first-served basis.

The Inaugural Edition of The Knowne World Podcast

Gathered from the SCA Bards List, via Vicountesse Elashava bas Riva:

The Inaugural Edition of The Knowne World Podcast. Music from The Kingdom of the East, The Kingdom of the West, The Kingdom of the Middle, The Kingdom of Atlantia, The Kingdom of Aethelmearc, The Kingdom of Atenveldt, and The Kingdom of An Tir/The Principality of (soon to be Kingdom of)Avacal, Story Telling from Mistress Dervila of Atlantia and a panel discussion featuring: Master Galeran Chanterel of the Kingdom of An Tir, Baroness Gwendolyn the Graceful of The Kingdom of Aethelmearc, Baroness Aneleda Falconbridge of The Kingdom of The East, THL Lorelei Skye of The Kingdom of the Middle and Lord Drake Oranwood of The Kingdom of The East. Hosted by Gideon ap Stephen of the Barony of Hawkwood in The Kingdom of Atlantia

Dirge for The Falcons

From Lord Da’ud ibn Ibrahim al-Sisari, mka Adam Elkan-Hale, via Facebook:

After reading Andromir’s post regarding the death of our Kingdom’s birds, I was inspired to a write a song. The link below is to a recording of Johanna singing the piece.

Dirge for The Falcons

From seacoast lands did the host march home
Hearts and minds did soar
Telling tales of the war fray’s work
Wishing for one day more

Then loudly cried Lord Andromir
With story of fire and woe
Master Freidrich’s wagon burns
All is lost in tow

Calontir has her falcons lost
Her mighty birds of prey
The Knowne World weeps with Calontir
This black and mournful day

Talons, beaks were razor sharp
Like Calon army’s spears
Your eyes saw far with keen cold glance
Our eyes now shed tears

Calontir has her falcons lost
The Singing Kingdom weeps
Bright Cal’trava’s shine is dimmed
Calon birds now sleep

Cinnamon, Artemis, and kestrel R’an
Lady and Winter white
Fly to Valhalla, to Odin’s arm
Feast on flesh tonight

Calontir has her falcons lost
Empty the Heartland skies
Hearts are heavy, but in your names
Gold falcons shall ever fly

Hearts are heavy, but in your names
Gold falcons shall ever fly