St George in Gravesend town
PUBLISHED: 14:03 28 April 2011
St George engaged in deadly combat in the centre of a crowd of surprised shoppers as the classic tale of England's patron saint was brought to life through medieval street theatre.
In brilliant sunshine the story of St George was acted out by players from The Big Fish Theatre Company three times on Saturday in Gravesend town centre in the medieval mummers style.
Rather than the more famous story of the saint defeating a dragon, the company reached back into the original stories of George, which see him in Cappadocia, Turkey.
Chris Reed, a player with Big Fish, said: “Mummers plays used to played up and down the country with lots of variations, but it is dying out now. We played some music to draw in the crowds and then did our plays which were very well received.”
Tradition holds George was a Roman soldier living in modern day Turkey and Palestine who fought to defend the Christian faith.
Taking on a Turkish knight, rather than the dragon on Saturday, St George was nether-the-less successful, and rescued the maiden fair, to applause from the crowd.
A 30-piece Salvation Army Band band offered accompanying music in two one hour concerts of traditional hymns.