Inspired by the 1934 Runnymede Pageant and English folk plays, The People’s Pageant is a performance artwork created by artist Estella Castle. Working collaboratively with local historians, academics, community leaders and groups, Estella assembled a range of contemporary and historic narratives, histories and myths. Performed solely by local amateur actors, the artwork has been shaped by the stories and skills of the local community, forming a new legend for Runnymede.
Director, Sacha Plaige, used elements of clowning throughout her direction. This playful addition to the performance mimics the confusion that word-of-mouth and hearsay creates in interpreting history.
The Barons and King John attempt to seal (or is it sign?) the Magna Carta.
Visit St Mary‘s Priory, the Ankerwycke Yew and the Runnymede Meadows at National Trust Runnymede and Ankerwyke. See the four remaining copies of the Magna Carta at Lincoln Castle, Salisbury Cathedral and the British Library.
A cat and mouse game of chase between William Chaloner, coiner and confidence trickster, and the Master of the Royal Mint, Sir Isaac Newton, takes both men from London to Egham.
Learn more at The Newton Project, an online resource run by Oxford University. Read Newton and the Counterfeiter by Thomas Levenson.
An argument leads two French revolutionaries, Lt. Frederic Constant Cournet and Emmanuel Barthélemy (both immortalised in a novel by Victor Hugo) to a dual ending in one man’s death.
A contemporary eco group naming themselves after the Diggers movement invoke the Magna Carta, creating parallels to the original Diggers or True Levellers of the mid 1600s.
Explore sites of significance using the Surrey Diggers Trail.