Calling All Swashbucklers, Bravos, & Swaggering Blades -

Now is your chance to try out for a starring role in Shakespeare's newest play " The Defender of Seawinds". This role requires a quick sword and a sharp wit (or vise versa, or both, but not neither). Auditions will be held on October 28th in the Shire. To auditions will consist of several rounds of sword play with bated weapons to demonstrate skill and each player will be required to quote from one of The Bard's previous works (any of his works are acceptable, but be prepared to defend it's provenance, trying to pass off Marlowe, Johnson, or Kyd will be frowned upon) before the pass will commence. Special consideration will be given to such important dramatic traditions as appropriateness of the verse, quality of delivery, best death, crowd reaction, and whatever else strikes the fancy of the fight director-in-charge (yours truly, the outgoing Defender of Seawinds), but really, the blood's the thing.

“We're more of the love, blood, and rhetoric school. Well, we can do you blood and love without the rhetoric, and we can do you blood and rhetoric without the love, and we can do you all three concurrent or consecutive. But we can't give you love and rhetoric without the blood. Blood is compulsory. They're all blood, you see.” - Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

To the victor of this tournament, I mean "audition" will go the staring role of "Seawinds Rapier Defender". The player will be expected to stay on for a year long engagement, performing when appropriate and to the joy of the people of Seawinds and the Kingdom of Ansteorra. Many who have previously played this role have found that it has created opportunities for their career seldom gained through lesser play houses. Most have gone on to star in such treasured roles as "White Scarf of Ansteorra", "Master of Defence", and of course, "Queen's Champion".

The only head shots required are the ones you throw at your opponent and SAG or AEA membership is not required (but I will need to see your authorization card). Specific list format of the audtion will be determined the morning of the event and will depend upon the number of players trying out for the role - sufficient tests will be performed, so don't worry about having "too much" material

- Caelan MacRob - Defender of Seawinds


  To wit ... "I have the honor of running the Heavy Champion's Tourney at Seawind's Defender this year. Know then that the theme is Shakespeare in the Park, and the Heavy tourney will be "Praetorian and Senators - Everyone dies in the end." Oh yeah, and Senators will be given a 'one time use' poisoned dagger. " Et tu Brute" indeed!! See y'all there!!"

-Ysfael Bryndu


I am planning a fun and challenging shoot with a several Shakespeare themed targets as part of the tournament. We will also have a fun shoot setup for all if time permits.

-Gavin Mac Giolla Ruaidh


For A & S please enter something the Bard could have used, touched or tasted. Remember to include "documentation" of your research, how you made it, etc. It doesn't have to be a research paper, but share the journey in writing for the judges.

-Lady Diana of Viroconium


Bardic will be two different performances (song, poem, story, instrumental, etc). One must be from Shakespeare.

-Lady Diana of Viroconium


The gustatory competition will be a Dessert Banquet during the Midsummer's Nights Dream Masque Ball.  More details to come.

-Eva Devereaux