Records of Early English Drama North-East (REED N-E) is part of a massive international project to assemble a complete survey of medieval and early modern performance in Britain. The REED volumes are to scholars in literature and theatre what Pevsner is to architects and art historians.

REED-NE will be a critical edition of all surviving records of performance and entertainment in England’s North-East from about the ninth century up to 1642. REED has already made some fascinating discoveries from the archives of the region. Check out the Flowers of the Month in our blog.

Discover Medieval Drama from the North East

As part of the project we’ve been bringing forgotten North East theatrical, musical and performance traditions back to life. See some of the videos below or visit our online exhibition.

Our forthcoming events include a Soul Cake baking challenge, and Souls of the North, a show that demonstrates some of the deathly customs that pre-date Halloween.

Street performances with the Durham Dragon

The Sacred and the Profane, a kaleidoscope of medieval and Renaissance music and dance

Lawrence of Durham’s Peregrini, a play about Christ at Emmaus, written by a Durham monk in about 1150

The Harrowing of Hell, an Anglo-Saxon play retelling the legend of how Christ descended to Hell after his death on the Cross

Plays from the York mystery cycle, performed by the York Festival Trust