A New Vic Production

´┐╝Table Plays

 Sat 20 June – Sat 25 July

From 6.30pm and 1.15pm Matinees

(a selection available before every Hoard main house performance)

Drama brought to your table by members of our Hoard Festival company; short monologues from characters inspired by the Staffordshire Hoard. Table Plays are free and cannot be booked in advance. When you arrive, find the ‘Story Archaeologist’ to book a play.


A section of the iconic poem is performed at your table as it might have once been heard in an Anglo Saxon meadhall, complete with a lyre. 

My Name is Freda by Samuel Adamson
The dragon who guarded the Hoard shares her story and her feelings at the discovery of the treasure.

Australian born, London based Sam Adamson wrote Gabriel for Shakespeare’s Globe and the book for The Light Princess, with music by Tori Amos. 

Half a Horse by Isy Suttie
An Anglo-Saxon woman is desperately searching for her lover before she has to flee, so she can reunite her half of a golden seahorse he gifted her.
Isy Suttie is an award winning radio writer, stand-up comedian and actress. 

Hwaet! by Tom Wells
A mother attempts to throw an Anglo-Saxon themed party for her daughter as she leaves to study Archaeology at University.

Tom is most well-known for his hit Jumpers For Goalposts, and more recently wrote the Lyric’s Christmas show Dick Whittington and his Cat. He won the Critics Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright. 


Inscribed by Lemn Sissay MBE

Whilst viewing the Hoard in a museum a local lady who grew up near the field where it was found ponders how close she has been to the treasure throughout her life.

Poet Lemn Sissay is Associate Artist at Southbank Centre and was the official poet of London 2012 Olympics. 


Magic by Darren Sharp
An archaeologist explains the draw of his profession and the joy of muddy knees.

In October last year the New Vic launched a competition to encourage new voices to write for the theatre. We received around a hundred entries from around the world and Darren’s piece was chosen to be presented as one of our twelve table plays. 

Out of the Dark: The Hoard Speaks by Alan Garner
Award winning Cheshire based writer (The Owl Service, The Weirdstone of Brisingamen) Alan Garner looks at the stories behind specific pieces found in the Hoard in his first piece for theatre. 

Rune by April de Angelis
A 16 year old girl has an unusual experience whilst on a school visit to see the Hoard.

April wrote the West End hit Jumpy, which starred Tamsin Greig at The Royal Court and has numerous theatre credits including Playhouse CreaturesThe Life and Times of Fanny Hill and Wild East

The Foreigner by Lydia Adetunji
The journey of a garnet from Southern India through Rome to the cross of a burgeoning Christianity in Anglo Saxon England.

Journalist turned playwright Lydia wrote Fixer and won the Catherine Johnson prize. 

The Hoarder by Sara Pascoe
Obsessed with re-finding her lost treasure, a woman manically searches for the gold she hoarded with her husband.

Sara is an actress, stand-up comedian and writer, and was nominated for the Foster’s Comedy Award in 2014. 


Mercian Hymns by Geoffrey Hill
Three poems which explore Midlands identity, Englishness and the landscape through the filter of King Offa of Mercia’s legacy. The Mercian Hymns were published in 1971 but refer to many autobiographical details of the poet’s childhood in Staffordshire. 

by arrangement with OUP

The Rime of the Staffordshire Hoard by Gary Longden
The current Staffordshire Poet Laureate tells the story of the Hoard through a poem inspired by The Rime of the Ancient Mariner