The Story of England in Verse



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Rhyming History - An Entertainment 


Colin Wakefield reads choice excerpts from the first eight Volumes of his History, selected to represent some of the most memorable episodes - whether humorous, moving or simply extraordinary.


The length of the entertainment can be tailored to suit requirements. I usually perform for between forty and sixty minutes, and link the readings with some talk and introduction.


I am a professional actor with thirty years' experience of theatre and television.


There are no technical requirements for the show beyond a simple space, a chair and some light. There is no limit on audience numbers and I require no amplificaton. The occasion is usually quite informal and I am happy to take questions afterwards.


For enquiries about cost and bookings:


On Sunday 13th March 2011 we held a day of readings, with 18 actors, at the Jermyn Street Theatre, London. There were six 50-minute sessions of excerpts,  from the reign of Alfred the Great to the execution of Charles the First.

The readings were in support of Comic Relief and the total raised from ticket sales, donations and sales of the published text of excerpts was £2,007. 

The following readers gave their time in support of Comic Relief: Paul Beech, Steph Bramwell, Alister Cameron, Philip Childs, Stella Gonet, Pauline Gray, Paul Hegarty, Leda Hodgson, Michael Jayes, Barbara Kirby, Moir Leslie, Ian Liston, Nicholas Lumley, Doreen Mantle, Eliza McClelland, Carolyn Pickles, Mark Rose and Ray Sawyer. 

Specially composed music was by Kate Edgar.  

Thank you to Nick Kidd of Theatre Maketa, to Dan Kirkby of Kirkby Monahan Publicity and to Jonathan Dowie and Christine Lohr for Front of House support.

A special thank you to Penny Horner for giving the Jermyn Street Theatre rent-free for the day in support of Comic Relief and to all the staff and volunteers at the theatre.

Excerpts from Rhyming History were first read by Colin Wakefield at the National Portrait Gallery on October 8th 2009 for Poet in the City as part of National Poetry Day (Heroes and Heroines).