The best in the kingdom

Summer theatre brings medieval times to life

Photo - Chimera Theatre
Photo – Chimera Theatre

The Sun Peaks soccer field will transform into the battle ground of an ancient kingdom when Chimera Theatre presents Knights of the Sun: Medieval Tournament Theatre this summer.

The interactive, outdoor theatre production will have three shows per weekend over a seven week period beginning on June 24, with shows starting at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings and 11 a.m. matinees on Sundays.

The show, created by co-writers Andrew Cooper and Taylor McCallum, revolves around the fictional Tournament of the Sun which attracts knights from around the kingdom. The writers drew inspiration from real world history such as the Hundred Years’ War which took place in Europe in the 13th and 14th centuries.

“We took this place in history where these different houses, these different factions are fighting against each other and we created a world like that. There’s all these people coming from these different houses and they’re fighting in this tournament trying to come out on top to prove their house is the best,” Cooper said.

What we try and create is an immersive

environment that’s interactive and

improvised

The performance will feature sword fighting, quarter staff combat, and will be interactive between the actors and the audience.

“It’s interactive because the actors will be right there with you, taking you around to different places. You won’t just be sitting in a chair for two hours, you’re going to be on your feet, trying different things and talking to actors,” Cooper said.

The medieval theatre will follow a similar style to Crossroads, Chimera Theatre’s production which told the story of when Kamloops’ Tranquille Farm ceased to exist as the King Edward VII Sanatorium through interactive theatre last fall.

“What we try and create is an immersive environment that’s interactive and improvised,” Cooper said.

Each character in the show has a lengthy backstory, which allows them to engage directly with the audience, breaking the barrier that typically exists between performers and the public. There will also be engaging activities such as tarot card or crystal ball readings and sword training.

You won’t just be sitting in a chair for two hours, you’re going to be on your feet, trying different things and talking to actors,

“We’re hoping to have a controlled environment that we can allow a few people to try using a sword, kind of like a training drill,” Cooper said. “We’ll take them through the different positions, this is what it looks like to sword fight.”

The unique nature of the show creates different performances each night. In addition to the improvised interactions with the cast, the audience will also help choose the winner of the tournament, leading to different endings of the show.

“If you come twice and you’re able to help sway the vote, you might see an entirely different ending the second time,” Cooper said. “It’s got enough that you could see it twice and enjoy it.”

Tickets are available at the Sun Peaks Adventure Centre or sunpeaksresort.com.

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