Entertainment 2014
 
Stage Shows Music
Kids' Kingdom For Naughtier Appetites (NC-17)
Guilds & Troupes Show Schedules
   
  What's New!
   
 

NEW The Opening Gate Show - Welcome to Deptford

While greeting our guests, Sir Francis Drake must guide the Lord Mayor as he realizes that the village of Port Deptford must quickly prepare for the arrival of our beautiful and brilliant young Queen of England, Elizabeth.  Come and Revel with us as we open the city’s Marketplace Faire!

   
 

NEW THE MAYOR’S SHOW

At 11:30 on the Maybower Stage, our boisterous Lord Mayor finds himself in a competition with his brother, Sheriff Bailey Blunt, over who will play Jack of the Green or the Queen of the May in Deptford’s pageant of the seasons.  Join the Deptford Denizens as they welcome Spring and all that entails!

   
 

NEW THE QUEEN’S SHOW

The stroke of noon brings forth the Queen’s arrival to the city of Deptford where it is decided that the Mayor must learn the ways of wooing a lady.  The lesson ensues when Sir Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, and Captain Sir Walter Raleigh take it upon themselves to educate the good Lord Mayor while in the Queen’s presence.  Delightful at first, the men find themselves in a heated match to win the eye of the Queen.  How will it fadge?  Who shall the Queen choose?  Join us at the Maybower Stage and witness Deptford’s rose ceremony!

   
 

NEW The Final Huzzah!

Join us as we take our bows and sing our village to sleep. Daily 7pm at our City Gates.

To the tune of Here's a Health Unto Our Majesty

 

1. We thank you, friends, for your time here

With a fa la la la la la la.

At the Pleasure Faire we hold each year

With a fa la la la la la la.

Each Guild will gladly raise a hand,

From players, singers, dancers grand

To our Glorious Queen may she long stand

With a fa la la la la la la la la la

With a fa la la la la la la.

2. But now 'tis time to say good bye

With a fa la la la la la la.

We've raised our cups and lowered them dry

With a fa la la la la la la.

But fear not lords and ladies gay

For this does not end our play

We'll see you here, another day

With a fa la la la la la la la la la
With a fa la la la la la la. 

 

   
 

BluebeardNEW Bluebeard's Pressgang Pageant

(May 3/4 & 10/11 ONLY)

Have you ever wanted to be a pirate and cruise the sea? Are you interested in sailing upon a modern, rat-free, leak-proof ship? Then step right up and be interviewed. Captain Bluebeard is hiring his new crew and now is your moment to seize the opportunity. Interested parties will be interviewed live (as opposed to the alternative) on-stage in front of the other perspective crew. Join the fun and laughter while you earn your certificate that marks you as one of the select sailors for the Captain’s next voyage. 

   
 

Ded Bob ShoNEW Ded Bob Sho (Rated PG-13) (All Season)

“Dedly” Humor! Bob and his faithful dummy, Sluj, use unsuspecting audience members to assist in Mischievous & Outrageous Comedy! The hardest working cadaver in show business is back with all matters bawdy and profane. Corpse comedy and audience interaction at their finest! Visit Ded Bob's Website

   
 

The JoustersNEW The Jousters (All Season)

The Jousters are the cutting edge of performance jousting, bringing a breathtaking new approach to this, the most classic of tournaments. The Jousters have seamlessly combined art and combat, theater and sport, to create an exquisite spectacle of thundering horses, and bone crunching hits - all authentic competition with the twist of surprise theatrical finales.

   
 

VaNa MaZiNEW VaNa MaZi (April 5 – May 4 ONLY)
VaNa MaZi was born through a mutual interest in culture and a love for the music of the People (Folk). With a song bank collected through Ian J. Everett and Corinne Zappler's years of travel, they fuse together the music of Greece, Italy, Central Asia, and the Balkans with Gypsy Jazz, Turkish beats, and a pinch of their own American heritage. They strive to perform, arrange, and compose music that challenges the listener to open their ears and experience something new, something ancient, something contradictory even, yet something that is most definitely moving forward through space at a speed that cannot be measured merely in 4/4 time.

   
 

Lord Franko, Master HypnotistNEW Lord Franko, Master Hypnotist (All Season)

Come see what your mind will not believe. Yes, watch your friends hypnotized in a strange and mysterious fashion. Learn to tap into your subconscious mind in a fun and relaxing manner. Yes, the funniest show you'll ever sleep through. Come see Lord Franko, Master Hypnotist.

   
 

Freestylers of PipingNEW Freestylers of Piping (All Season)

The Freestylers of Piping is made up of David Duncan (bagpipes), Mike Huebner (percussion), Dr. Richard Baughman (percussion) and Elijah Woolcott (bagpipes). The Freestylers perform pieces composed by all members of the band, and also pay tribute to composers including King Crimson and the late Scottish composer, Gordon Duncan. The Freestylers of Piping are a new take to the creation of bagpiping. Come watch this new energetic group perform traditional favorites and new creations, and experience bagpiping like never before.
   
   
  Our Featured Characters
  Be sure to look for these notable characters, appearing in shows or on the streets of the Faire…
   
 

Queen Elizabeth

Sir Francis Drake

Barnabus Blyss

Robert Dudley, Earl of LeicesterCaptain Sir Walter Raleigh

Sheriff Bailey Blount

Lady Beaulah Blount

Customs Inspector, Don Guiesseppe Lorenzo de Coronzano

Madame Florentina Fuccelli DeFramatio de Coronzano

The Mistress of Misrule, Dahlia Llama

 

Queen Elizabeth, our beautiful, young, yet eminently wise monarch, is bringing pomp and ceremony, laughter and joy to our Port City.


The adventurous, heroic, and beloved Sir Francis Drake circumnavigates the Faire all day.


Lord Mayor, Barnabus Blyss is the salt of the Earth, the cream of the crop and happy as a lark to welcome the Queen and her guests to Port Deptford.


Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester ...her Majesty’s Master of the Horse and possibly keeper of her heart.


Also visiting Deptford in an effort to present himself to the Queen (for business of course), Captain Sir Walter Raleigh brings a flavor of passion and temptation which of course draws the fond attention of the Queen, and the not so fond attention of Sir Robert Dudley. How shall this fadge?


Deptford’s Sheriff Blount (pronounced BLUNT) is a corrupt, greedy and self-centered man of power. Having seized this power in a bloodless and apparently vote-less election, he stands on a platform of no celebration without taxation.


Lady Blount is darkly beautiful, viciously charming and there is nothing blunt about her wit as she clearly wears the slops in the family.


Nothing gets by our Customs Inspector, Don Guiesseppe Lorenzo de Coronzano… without a large and very healthy bribe, including his wife, Madame Florentina Fuccelli DeFramatio de Coronzano.


Lady Phoebe Scratchett, our extravagantly accomplished socialite. She is the Merry Widow whom is said to kill off her husbands and bury them under stages....


Mistress of Misrule and The Court of Misrule are the ambassadors of frivolity, festivity and celebration.


The loyal Guilde Masters make their way around Deptford educating visitors on the high caliber of marketplace merchants Deptford holds dear to the heart of the city. They’re happy to assist, especially when it comes to brew and weapons!


Watch for those crazy Broom Sisters! These …ladies will wile you with their  worldly tales, provide insight on what is to come, dazzle you with remedies galore and enchant you with ways to achieve your desires.


After an extensive sojourn through the Continent, the itinerate tinker, Chamber Potts (the ‘H’ is silent), has returned to Port Deptford with tales not for the faint of heart. Or he could just be trying to sell you something.

   
 

Stage Shows

   
 

Brandon ScottBrandon Scott -

The Wizard of Wonder and Wow

Amazingly Funtastic! Experience the charismatic personality, mysterious magic and humorous adventures of the Wizard of Wow and Wonder!  Be taken on a mind boggling ride into the world of the impossible. Master Magician Brandon Scott interweaves Comedy, Magic and  audience participation into an energetic whimsical tapestry of  intrigue and fun.

Suspend Your Belief In Reality! Come Tickle Your Joy!

www.storywizards.com

   
  BroonBroon
Broon brings a conversational style to the variety comedy world with less emphasis on corny gags and empty flash and more on audience interaction and personality. While cracking bullwhips, juggling bowling balls or eating fire Broon keeps the laughs alive with a dry wit and extemporaneous style that keeps audiences in stitches. With his variety skills and stand-up comedy style Broon presents a show filled end to end with sly humor and impressive stunts and Broon's extensive improvisational experience guarantees no two shows will be exactly alike. Visit Broon's Website
   
  Clan MacColin Irish DanceClan MacColin Irish Dance
Featuring the award-winning step dancers from the Guild of St. Andrews, this highland fling stirs the "inner Celt" in us all.
   
  Clan TynkerClan Tynker (April 5/6, 12/13, 19/20, & 26/27 Only)
An enchanting kaleidoscope of skills from around the world performed to live music. An impressive variety of juggling skills, stage magic, comedy, Central Asian/Middle Eastern dance, sword swallowing, fire-eating and tight-wire walking with an accompanying musical soundscape played on an eclectic variety of instruments including concertina, accordion, harmonium, dumbek, Balkan tupon, as well as various horns, bells and whistles. Fun for the whole family!
   
  Country Garden DancersCountry Garden Dancers
A high-energy troop of English country dancers roams through the faire in a swirling flash of color and sound. Perchance these lively lads and lasses may show you a step or two.
   
 

Drum Jam

As the sun begins to set, the air fills with the booming rhythms of the drums. The ground shakes with the pounding of dancing feet. Bring your drum and join the jam, or clap, stomp, whistle, dance and shout along. With Wolgemut, Seraphim Mora and The Queen’s Percussion Ensemble, partake in the roaring crescendo of a day at Deptford; where the thunder of drums fuses with the crashing waves of dance to form the sound and fury that is the Drum Jam.  The rhythms rise at 6:20 daily at the White Hart Inn.

   
  E = m Cirque 2E = m Cirque 2
We welcome the return of our elite troupe of different cultures was originated with the idea of transmitting a different kind of life and color to every eye possible, gathering and linking different Cirque techniques and expressions; aerial acrobats, spinning amazing wheels and spectacular hand to hand balancers all together. The different dance elements and cultures of our group inform the show with sparks of the whole world.
   
 

The FrenchiesThe Frenchies... "You look Merveilleux"

Stranded in England for what is the worst trip abroad ever, this entourage of French fashionistas will let you know exactly what's wrong with you. From your hair to your shoes, to your choice of food or companion - they are on a mission to bring culture and class to the otherwise dreary town of Port Deptford. They are also hoping to do something about that smell… After all their motto is "When in England - make it France!"

   
 

Gypsy GeoffGypsy Geoff – Fire Circus Show

A showman who is devoted to expanding upon the wonderment of children, Gypsy Geoff: juggler, physical comedian, and variety entertainer is both mesmerizing and enchanting. Come witness and be part of the master of mayhem and manipulation. -The flurry of fire that is Gypsy Geoff – Fire Circus Show!  Visit Gypsy Geoff's Website
   
  Jack and JennyJack Dagger (May 10/11 & 17/18 Only)
Jack Dagger - Declared a Living Legend by the International Knife Thrower's Hall of Fame. Come see a little danger and a lot of comedy when Jack and Jenny break out the swords, knives and FIRE! A great time will be had by the whole family as these two
globe trotting entertainers make with the funny.
   
 

Kamikaze FirefliesKamikaze Fireflies (May 10/11 & 17/18 Only)

The Kamikaze Fireflies (www.kamikazefireflies.com) is a two person comedy vaudeville smack down featuring acrobatics, stacking chairs, juggling, and uncategorizable zaniness such as sandwiches made with the feet (as featured in The Guinness Book of World Records and on The Tonight Show). Rob Williams (formerly of The Flaming Idiots) and Casey Martin (formerly of Barely Balanced) present the funniest and most original nonsense the Renaissance world has ever known!

   
  The Life and Times of William Shakespeare
(April 26/27 & May 3/4)
Robert Greene, the brilliant writer who inspired the careers of contemporary writers Ben Jonson, Kit Marlowe and Ned Spenser, tells the true story of how William Shakespeare became the Bard.
   
 

Seraphim Arabesque EnsembleSeraphim Arabesque Ensemble
From across the ocean of fire, the Silk Road carried them, like the desert D’jinn they were born of the sand. Blending music and dance from throughout the Middle East these performers will take to you on journey to exotic and ancient lands. The rhythm of the drums is infectious, the melody of the Oud will enchant you, and the dancers will make your heart race.
Sit back and enjoy as they invite you behind the veil of the harem.
www.seraphimdance.org
www.facebook.com/seraphimdance

   
 

Sky Kings FalconrySky Kings Falconry

(April 19 - May 18 ONLY)

Sky Kings presents a free flying falconry and birds of prey demonstration featuring hawks, owls, falcons, and vultures.  This amazing show takes place ABOVE the audience! Come experience the 5000 year old "Sport of Kings" while learning about majestic raptors in an excitement filled and family friendly presentation.  Sky Kings is brought to you by Wildlife Revealed, a 501-c3 non-profit organization dedicated to the education and preservation of our planet's wildlife.

Visit their website!

   
 

TupuaTupua (April 26/27 & May 10/11 Only)

Again for 2014, this award winning show takes you on a journey through the isles of Exciting Samoa, Magical Aotearoa, and Exotic Tahiti.  The cast will leave you mesmerized with their beautiful complex traditional Polynesian dances, rituals and hypnotic drumming. Catch a glimpse of their dance!

   
  Washing Well WenchesThe Washing Well Wenches
“Wet Dirty Women, Good Clean Fun!" These two wacky wenches prove that a good scrubbing and lots of belly laughs are good for the soul! Doing laundry has never been so much fun! Visit the Washing Well Wenches
at  www.facebook.com/WashingWellWenches.
   
 

Master ShakespeareThe Wit of Will

Come one! Come All! See Master William Shakespeare in the flesh delivering action packed high energy one man shows for your viewing enjoyment! Come and join in the laugh a minute adventure that just might get you to WANT to read his plays!! Again and again!

   
  Ye EnglishYe English vs. Ye Celts - Battle to the Death
Come see the classic clash of mighty warriors on our field of battle everyday at high noon. Be ye British or be ye Celt, come cheer for your favorite.
   
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Music

   
 

Ad HocAd Hoc Consort

Throughout the shire you can hear the dulcet tones of our period instruments: recorders, krumhorns, sackbuts & others. Come experience the true sounds of the English Renaissance!

   
 

Brigid's DaughtersBrigid’s Daughters

(April 5/6, 12/13, 19/20 & 26/27 Only)

These two British sisters are fascinated by the beauty and romance of the madrigals and love songs they sing from Spain, Italy, France, and their English homeland. They long to roam and explore the world and find the kind of love of which they sing. Their angelic voices have been known to capture hearts and delight children of all ages. Perhaps this will help them find a love to whisk them away… Is it you?

 

 

photo: Bob Leggett

   
 

The Briton EnsembleThe Briton Ensemble (April 19 & May 10 Only)

The members of the Briton Ensemble, named for director James Briton Hendricks, have been singing ancient music together since 2001.  Rather than musicians who are also friends, the Ensemble is composed of friends who set themselves at the challenge of choral singing.  Achieving a surprising standard of quality, the Briton Ensemble now performs regularly at Renaissance Faires, the Dickens Christmas Fair in San Francisco, and at concerts in Altadena CA.
   
  Glen MorganGlenn Morgan
A familiar sight at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire for a number of years now, come and find him in the streets of Port Deptford as he shows you his Mastery of the beautiful and enchanting Hammered Dulcimer.
   
 

Patrice Ruane

Patrice Ruane plays traditional Celtic music on the spinet, an authentic Renaissance keyboard instrument.  Enjoy the dulcet underscoring as you stroll the village lanes.
   
 

QuartermasterQUARTERMASTER (May 3/4 Only)

Hoping to be the Crosby, Stills & Nash of the shanty scene, Daniel Rover Singer formed QuarterMaster in 2012 with musical director James Briton Hendricks.  Traditional songs with updated lyrics and new 3-part harmonic arrangements (written specifically for QuarterMaster) bring a fresh spin to old music about Drinking, Sex, and the Sea.  Cap’n Salty and Rover are joined by Stosh, Boots, Arrmen, Padre, Spike and Rufus making up the crew of “The Dodgy Sally.”

   
 

Sportive TricksSportive Tricks

A Southern California Folk-Rock Band with a heavy Irish influence, Sportive Tricks take great delight in giving traditional music a strong beat and an interesting twist. They also play many original tunes, both serious & silly.
The band started as performers at the Original Renaissance Faire more than five years ago and now play year round at pubs and concerts in Southern California. Inspired by the rich traditions of Irish, Scottish, & English folk, Cape Breton music, and sea shanties; Sportive Tricks combines traditional instruments with new arrangements, high energy, and a dash of humor for a foot tapping, hand clapping good time
. Visit our website!

   
 

WolgemutWolgemut

Wolgemut (vol-guh-moot): an ancient germanic word which simply means, "to be in a good mood". Wolgemut is also the name of a very unique minstrel’s troupe which believes that the goal of every performance is to leave the audience in a good mood!  The name says it all!  Wolgemut uses some traditional material from various European countries such as folk songs and dances from Sweden, France, Germany as well as from the Balkan countries.  Fun, humor and endless amounts of energy are the essentials of a Wolgemut performance. Music, dance and comedy fused with a generous amount of “wolgemutness” turns every Wolgemut show into a high powered event; a Renaissance Rock concert! 

   
 

Wren of InquityWren of Inquity

"Bringing the ancient story songs to life, with all their beauty, passion and violence."

Tight harmonies on Child ballads, traditional English folk and silly sea songs are are accompanied by mandolin, mountain dulcimer, harp, bass and tambourine and bodhran. Members: Mark Sellin (Members: Mark Sellin (baritone/tenor), Joyce Nunamaker (alto/tenor), Vickie Bottelson (soprano), Shawna Selline (vocals, harp) Sam Danielson (bass), Rachel Schlosser (percussion).

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Kids' Kingdom

   
  Kids of all ages will have an amazing time with games, crafts, story-telling, song, shows and our magical Kids’ Kingdom characters. Join in the fun and the magic!
   
 

Gnome Quest

Gnomes have invaded Port Deptford yet again!  Start at the Information Booth at the front of Deptford and then seek out the 40 gnomes hidden about the village in the guild yards, markets, and shops. When you find them, get the shopkeepers and guild members to sign your map.  Then return to Kids’ Kingdom to receive your Official Gnome Finder Certificate and credit towards this year’s Collectible Limited Edition Medallion.

   
  Wheat Weaving at Kids' KingdomInteractive Arts
Join the enchanting characters of Kids Kingdom as they show you and your children fun and interesting projects every day. Learn to weave wheat into a love knot with Mistress Rose and Master Rugbie or card wool and spin it into yarn with Mistress Hope. Mistress Patience will help you create a peasant doll. Make a sachet with Master John. Mistress Brassie will help you create historical brass rubbings. Learn to turn sailor’s knots and Celtic knots.  And so much more – ALL FOR FREE for children!
   
  Foolish Fractured Fairy Tales
Laugh at the fun-filled and mischievous adventures of the shire’s own Fool’s Guild!
   
 

The Giant’s Treasure

Find out what is most valuable in life as pirates land on a Giant’s island in our new play!

   
 

Music and Learning

Listen to the haunting tunes of the time and learn about Renaissance instruments played by the Ad Hoc Consortium.  Sing along with us as we shout out tunes whilst working on crafts.

   
 

Merlin 1Merlin's School Of Magic

Our wacky wizard returns with an interactive show.  It's time for magic class!  Enjoy this fun blend of magic, comedy, and audience-participation as Merlin searches for a new sorcerer's apprentice.  Beware, things can go terribly wrong, but with a little bit of magic all will be fine in the end.  Be amazed and amused and leave the show an official "apprentice" of magic. 

 

   
 

Mistress Gwendolyn of Kids' KingdomJust Play

Play with our toy castles, or build one of your own with wooden blocks! Play checkers on a giant board! Play hide and seek in the Queen’s turret house. Ride the stick ponies, challenge your friends to our “period” street games. Make a wish and learn about the meaning and history of wishing wells from Gwendolyn, the wee docent at our Fairy Garden wishing well!

   
 

Storytelling and Drama for Young and Old Alike!

Enjoy the plays on stage as our Improv storytellers engage children in comedy! Listen to the tale of a boy making a new wool coat, starting with only his sheep! Enjoy deconstructed fairy tales, starring our talented young cast! Share a folk story and song with Lucie Locket. Help the Giant make new friends. Cheer on the Lady Hero as a young lass is rescued from the clutches of an evil Lord!

   
 

Here be Pyrates!

Pyrates have come and buried their treasure in our sandbox! If you can find any of the loot, you may keep your favorite piece and rebury the rest just like a pyrate yourself! Arrrrgh!

   
 

Little Sean the Gamemaster of Kids' KingdomPlay Games

Learn to play Renaissance games such as Nine Men’s Morris, Skittles, and Goose. See if you can beat Little Sean, the wily Game Master. Practice first with the young gamer lads who will sharpen your skill for your battle with Little Sean.  Fun for young and not as young alike!

   
  Knighting CeremonyKnighting Ceremony
Be one of only 25 lucky children each day to be made a Knight or Dame of the Realm by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in person! Signups start at 1:00 pm for the 4:30 pm ceremony at Kids Kingdom.
   
 

Happily Ever After

Relax at the end of the day as our children create plays for you on our stage, and you can play along.

   
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For Naughtier Appetites

The following shows may contain adult themes or content!

   
 

Belles of BedlamBelles of Bedlam

From hauntingly beautiful to cleverly naughty, the Belles of Bedlam turn Celtic folk up a notch! The Belles originated as a comedy troupe that sang Celtic music at Renaissance faires and festivals. Soon after, they began to include bawdier, yet witty songs in their repertoire. While they've never strayed from their comedic roots, over the years the troupe has grown into an acoustic band that continues to play traditional and original Celtic folk -- now infused with a healthy dose of blues, rock, and gospel to create their unique sound. Come take a bawdy vaudevillian romp with The Belles of Bedlam. NC-17 when performing on The Rogue's Reefe Stage. www.facebook.com/bellesofbedlam

   
 

Dread Crew of OddwoodThe Dread Crew of Oddwood

The Dread Crew of Oddwood is a pirate themed band that blends Heavy Metal, Celtic Rock, and Folk Punk with a unique acoustic instrumentation to proclaim a new genre: Heavy Mahogany. Embarking from San Diego in 2008, this bloodthirsty horde has accumulated a commendable cult following in the musical underground of Southern California, and is rapidly gaining infamy throughout the far corners of the world.


   
 

Merry Wives of WindsorThe Merry Wives of Windsor

These Lusty Serving Wenches return to the Faire serving bawdy songs and plenty of good cheer! NC-17 when performing on the Rogue's Reef Stage. PG-13 when performing on the Royal Music Stage.

   
 

Poxy BoggardsPoxy Boggards

This self-described "drinking group with a singing problem" will delight you with their bawdy songs and naughty antics. NC-17 when performing on the Rogue's Reef Stage. PG-13 when performing on the Royal Music Stage.

   
   
   
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Guilds and Troupes

   
 

The guilds & troupes of the Renaissance Pleasure Faire are performance groups portraying various facets of Elizabethan life. Click on the name to go to their official website, where available. Contact information is available if you'd like more information on joining or auditioning for that Guild or Troupe.

   
 

ASL graphicThe ASL Interpreters of the Southern California Renaissance Pleasure Faire

We provide interpreting services for our Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (HoH) guests. Stage shows, shopping, directions, etc. are all covered to allow the best show possible. A schedule of Interpreted shows is given to all information booths, for each faire day. Each stage board also will have the interpreter symbol with a list of interpreted show. There will be an interpreter stationed at the info booth near the feasting commons to facilitation communication for Faire information. We will also provide interpreters for any Deaf/HoH person who would like to work at the Faire, for their workshops or on site meetings with their guild/booth.  If an emergency occurs on site and an interpreter is needed, we do that too! We are here to make your faire experience the best it can be!
Several years ago a mentorship/internship program was instituted where Interpreters who are looking for something new and different can be involved as well as Interpreting students can get school credit for their work. This program has been very successful in helping them to fulfill their practicum requirements. We are very excited to have been providing interpreting services to the Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire since the mid 80’s.

Are you interested in having an interpreter with you for the day to interpret for you and our Marketplace vendors, interactions in the street, or other non-stage interpreting? Contact the director of the ASL interpreters for setting up this free service! We look forward to see you at the Faire!!!

Director: Laurie Sullivan

Email: renfaireterp@aol.com

 

   
 

Circus of InventionCircus Of Invention

They don't know the meaning of the word "Impossible." Of course, they also don't know the meanings of words like "Gravity," "Physics," "Public-safety," or even "Aardvark." They do, however, know "Creativity." With everything they do, they try to make the world a better place by building imaginative gizmos, gadgets, and contraptions. With their...unique inventions they launch themselves- often face first- into a brave new future!

Director: Robert Beatie

Email: rob@circusofinvention.com

 

   
 

Country Garden DancersCountry Garden Dancers

This dance troupe performs high energy, exhilarating dance in the English Country tradition -- including both authentic period dances and original pieces -- in bright and colorful stage shows.  CGD also continues the ancient and hallowed tradition of dancing around the Maypole as a celebration of springtime and revelry.  Children are welcome to join us as we wrap the Maypole up in ribbons!
Director: Kris Davey

Email: krisdavey@hotmail.com

Country Garden Dancers

   
 

Court of the MayCourt of the May

Fun and Merriment abound in the presence of the May Revelers! These blissful representatives of spring and all its glory are here to play, to dance and to sing, and to encourage spring romance throughout Port Deptford!  The lovely Queens of the May can be found wrapping the Maypole with the Country Garden Dancers, Thwarting the Puritans, flirting with the Yeoman of the Guard, and thoroughly enjoying their day at the Faire!
Director: Alessia Zemo

Emailalessialzemo@gmail.com

May Revelers

   
 

Court of MisruleThe Court Of Misrule - Fool's Guild

Delight in the antics of these lively fools and merrymakers as they spread fun and merriment throughout the Shire.

Director: Misty Rivera-Pauly

Email: ditzie_chick@yahoo.com

Misrule 2

   
 

Danse MacabreDanse Macabre

Even in the most festive villages, the Plague could always rear its ugly head and spoil our play. Join these dancers in the street as they trick death away from our Shire and remind us to live each day to the fullest.

Director: Bob Fox

Email: cyberbobfx@aol.com

 

Danse 2

   
  FantastikalsThe Fantastikals

"Lord, what fools these mortals be!"
The legend of Elizabeth as the Fairy Queen is heard even in the realm of the Fantastikals and so her immortal subjects have come to Deptford to witness her beauty as well.  Among them dwell fairies, sprites, brownies, and elemental creatures whose descriptions cannot even be spoken of with mere human words.  These lithe, lovely, and lyrical beings are also mischievous and fierce, as changeable as the winds and tides.  Seek them among the trees, behind the shadows, or on the wind, but if you find one you are either childlike and innocent or completely mad.  They know which you are.  Do you? 

   
 

San LorenzoThe Florentines of San Lorenzo

Florence: The Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and home to the d'Medici family, infamous leaders of Tuscany; patrons of the finest artists, architects and scholars; and world-renown arbiters of style and grandeur. Ambassadors from the d'Medici family have arrived at Port Deptford with a colorful contingent of Italian lords and ladies, soldiers, swordsmen and artists. Learn the methods and techniques of the rapier and arming sword, enjoy a reading of beauteous Italian literature, watch a Florentine court portrait artist ply his craft, or discover what the Renaissance Florentines knew about herbs, plants and medicine. As the saying goes, "Everyone wants to be a Medici." Come see for yourself.

Guildmaster: Drew Murphy

Email: drew.murphy26@gmail.com

 

   
 

The Gentlemen AdventurersThe Gentlemen Adventurers

The patriots, Heroes and Explorers of Elizabeth's England! We are the men responsible for establishing England's first colonies, the exploration of the New World and leading England's interests in military matters. We are men of money, education and fortitude. See these military officers, explorers and gentlemen take to the streets conducting personal duels and practicing their swordplay.

The ladies of the Gentlemen Adventurers are the educated women of the emerging 'merchant class' and frequently came from well-to-do families of England. They dance, spend their husband's money at the markets and train alongside our gentlemen as they form the backbone to all of the Gentlemen Adventurers.

Watch us on YouTube

Guildmaster: Steven Leon

Email:guildmaster@gentlemenadventurers.org

Gentlemen Adventurers

   
 

St AndrewGuild of St. Andrews - Clan MacColin

This lively clan of Scottish singers, dancers, musicians, and soldiers demonstrate their slice of life in their interactive camp, entertain with their high stepping dance show and thrill with their skills in battle on the Tournament field.

Guildmaster: Steve Gillan

Email: Colinchief@hotmail.com

 

   
 

 

St Cuthbert 1St Cuthbert SealGuild of St. Cuthbert -

Parades and Pageants

Participating in most of the Faire’s parades each Faire day, we open and close the Faire with a song, escort the Lord Mayor in his parade and accompany Her Majesty the Queen during her Progress throughout Port Deptford.

In addition to parading about, we offer interactive craft classes and demonstrations at our Guild area. Leather crafting for children – learn to work with leather and take home your project. Spinning demonstrations and lesson as well as wool and knitting/crochet supplies.

Our daily highlight is Tea with the Queen at 4:00. Have the opportunity to spend time with Her Majesty and enjoy a full tea service including tea, scones, sandwiches and tarts. Each adult guest receives a teapot to take home and children receive a teapot charm.

Guildmaster: Sue Honor

Email: suehonor@pacbell.net

Tea with the Queen

 

   
 

St HelenaGuild of St. Helena - The Commoner's Guild

A thousand warm greetings to thee, o intrepid time-traveler!
Continuing a tradition almost as old as the Faire itself, we the Guild of Saint Helena's portray the Common Folk of the island of Britain, in anything but a common way, employing skills theatrical, technical, philosophical, scholarly, and romantic to entertain and enlighten all within our aegis.


Re-formed in 2008, the Guild’s mission is three-fold: to bring back the hallowed art of Street Theatre, to bring back all of the great old Faire traditions that have been lost over the years, and to entice the best and the brightest former Faire entertainers to return to these hallowed grounds and share what they know with a new generation of performers as yet unschooled in our unique art-form. We consider ourselves a Gateway Guild, providing an entré for those new to Faire and likewise providing a rich theatrical context for those whose skills have been burnished by experience, that we all may shine mightily; to share what we have learned so that others might follow.


To that end, we hold forth from our little hamlet of Duckbilled Nippingshire (a suburb of Port Deptford), and have constructed there our own stage (the Rose Wreath Stage), whereon we are inclined to mount our own plays and other entertainments. This year, we will be hosting two productions by former members of Dogs in Doublets; A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Pyramus and Thisbe, as well as return performances by the Aylesbury Cheese-Guild Players, who will be reprising their ever-popular Oedipus Rex, The Musical (planned, appropriately enough, for Mothers’ Day).

St Helena
Also appearing on our stage will be a bouquet of musical offerings, including The Briton Ensemble, and a possible reunion of the late and much-beloved Linda Underhill’s Siren Song. We are also hoping to host Sportive Tricks and The Beltane Band. Please check our marquee for show-times; our schedule changes daily...

 

We will also be bringing back old Faire traditions such as The Hobby Hoss Pageant, The Abbotts Bromley Horn Dance and Procession, our uproarious Noon Revels (a feast, always a bit after 1 of the clock), and The Chairing of the Bard (a poetical competition along the lines of the great Welsh Eisteddfod). We will also be hosting some fresh new traditions, such as the vaunted Grozzeling Day, our dreaded Gurning Competition, and a fulsome celebration of May Eve.


We have our own troupe of Country Dancers, our own Morris Dancers, the finest musicians at Faire (come by for our 5 o’clock Convocation), The Commoners’ Choir, and an ever-unfolding cornucopia of surprises.


You may also see us tripping about the shire as we convey The Queen’s Butter to Her Majesty, herding our vast flock of Commoner Sheep, or strolling about in The Invisible Animal Promenade.


We also harbour a bevy of Crafters, who count amongst their skills the churning of butter, weaving, spinning, needle-work, and suchlike.
We hope that some of the above verbiage has enticed you sufficiently, and you will want to come and visit us. Do come by our little town, or greet us as you find us in the streets. We are hugely pleased that you have come to visit, and are looking forward to meeting you.
Regina Gloriana! God Save the Queen!

Guildmaster: R. Merlin

Email: myrrhlyn9@yahoo.com

 

   
 

St IvesThe Guild of St. Ives - The Townsfolke

The Saint Ives Historical Society (Guild of St. Ives) is celebrating its 25th year! As you enter the faire, our townsfolk are busy about their daily activities. Watch our skilled craftspeople as they spin thread, throw pottery, and craft jewelry, and gaze at the flirtatious women on the Bell’s porch. Listen to the sounds of our lusty blacksmiths as they forge hot iron, and the musicians as they play and sing lively Renaissance songs at the Queen’s Cup Tavern. Feel the handwoven wool and linen cloth and braid created in front of you by our master weavers, and take a hand to join in a spontaneous street dance of Sellenger’s Round. Have a word with our street folk, who always have time for a friendly greeting (as well as a ready quip). We are tremendously excited at the prospect of a visit from our beloved Queen, Elizabeth! Smell the fine aroma of sixteenth century baking from our cookyard; do all this, and before you know it, the Guild of St. Ives will have transported you to the streets of Deptford during the Elizabethan Renaissance on the morning of our spring Pleasure Faire…

Visit our website at www.saintives.com

Guildmaster: Donna Flood

Email: dflood@ccis.com

 

St Ives

   
 

St MichaelGuild of St. Michael - The Military

The fierce, hardy soldiers and camp followers are found in this encampment, battling in the Arena, and escorting Her Majesty, The Queen. Stop by before 1:00 PM and your kids can train and march with the Queen's military and even join the show at the Queen's Royal Joust.

Guildmaster: "AJ" Johnson

Email: Aaron_Johnson@verizon.net

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Kids Kingdom 2012Kids' Kingdom

There are wonderful family-friendly activities all over Faire, but nowhere greater than in the magical land known as Kids' Kingdom. Kids of all ages will have an amazing time with games, crafts, story-telling, songs, shows, and our magical Kids' Kingdom characters. Special guests visit Kids' Kingdom throughout the day:  mystical Story Tellers spinning stories older than time, Merlin, direct from the Magic Castle, as well as other favorite characters from traditional storybook tales. Kids of all ages are invited to join in the fun and the magic!
Director: Linda Conley Ballard

Email: gammergosling@gmail.com

 

   
 

Norwich WaitsNorwich Waits

The Southern California Early Music Consort appears as Norwich Waits at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire as the Queen's band and the horse tourney fanfare ensemble. The Norwich Waits celebrates 37 years with the faire in 2012.

Historically, The Norwich Waits was the band that traveled with Queen Elizabeth when she left London on Progress. The group was famous for its collection of the finest musicians in the British Isles.

Our Norwich Waits can be heard performing all the music for the dances of the Royal Court as well as music for the Call O'the Faire & Queen's Show at the Main Stage and the Opening Gate Show at the beginning of every faire day.

Director: Tom Axworthy

Email: scemc@earthlink.net

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PrivateerLogoThe Privateers

Provided with a letter of Marque and in the name of England they have sailed across the seas. Some call them pirates, but they are proud privateers and are of the sea. They have pillaged many a ship for the glory of her Majesty and now return to land with many riches! These old salts are looking to spend in excess on drinks, gambling, company and maybe a few hearty fights. Be wary when one swaggers by, because when a sailor is on leave anything can and will happen.


Make ready your cannons and hail shot!


The Privateers use a mix of historical knowledge and guerrilla improv to create a comedic portrayal of privateering sailors on shore leave.

Director: Jason Sheffey

Email: tellmedark@gmail.com

Privateers

   
 

PuritansPuritans

Pay heed to their stern warnings and colorful preachings against excess fun and frivolity but remember they do not always practice what they preach!
Director: Nick Balbas

Email: nickbalbas@aol.com

 

   
 

Queen's Court 1The Queen's Court

The Queen’s Court is an ensemble group of hearty volunteers who portray the historical characters who were part of Queen Elizabeth’s court during the first 10 years of her reign.  With research, costumes and a visual environment they strive to entertain and create a slice of Elizabethan life for customers and participants alike.  Their main task is to support the actress who plays Queen Elizabeth and they spend many hours in training and rehearsal to achieve this goal with improvisational theatre techniques.

Guildmaster: Terri Casey

Email:auntiegertus@yahoo.com

Queen's Court

   
 

RenQuestRenQuest

Find the Adventurer in YOU!
Experience an entirely NEW RenQuest! -a bold interactive adventure at the Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire. RenQuest delights gamers with an abundance of profound and absurd riddles, clues, spells and hunts. Players directly interact with faire performers, artisans and merchants throughout the village. Earn achievements, collect rewards and ultimately test your mental and strategic abilities while questing with the Crew of the Twisted Claw.  Are you brave enough to take on the swashbuckling challenges of RenQuest?
For our younger adventurers, experience KidsQuest. Help our pirates hunt for the lost treasure of the Twisted Claw Armada.

Directors: Amanda Zeller
Email: tba

   
 

Saint NicholasSt. Nicholas Home for Wayward Children

Babies built the Renaissance, and at St. Nicholas Home for Wayward Children, you'll meet a menagerie of children wearing authentic Renaissance wear, playing authentic games. The children of the performers become performers themselves as they learn authentic songs and dances, practice for a pageant, do the "washing" and play with the audience. Just remember, keep your fingers out of the cage, and please, don't feed the children!

Director: Kate Knight

Email: Chiquens@gmail.com
   
 

St SwithinSt. Swithin's Guild - The Village Mongers

The Mongers Guild portray relentless and determined street merchants who will attempt to sell anything. Barter with a frolicsome fishwife, a clattering tinker, or a bumbling barber-surgeon during morning market for some of the most interesting wares in the village!  And, once a day, they take to the stage with the rollicking faire classic, Pye Powder Court.

Guildmaster: Maggie Hall

Email: magienooni@aol.com

Mongers

   
 

Towne CriersThe Town Criers

The Town Criers of Saint Blaise are known for their boisterous ways. Whether it is ringing bells, frolicking in the streets, crying the news or napping in a pile, the Criers can easily be spied about the Shire in their yellow sashes. Throughout the years, the Criers lead both the Queen and the Lord Mayor to various destinations, as well as delivering the news and gossip of the day. So if you hear our bells and the call of "Make Way!" you know that the excitement is approaching.

Director: Heidi Halsell

Email: heidibug1976@hotmail.com

Town Crier

   
 

St MinervaSt Minerva's Washer Women

Caution, you may get wet! - Wit, Water & Song fly freely at the washing well. Laundry, and laughter is the life-blood of these lively women. The Washing Well has been seen as a slice of daily life for the village where women gather to do their wash, gossip, argue and laugh. (photo by John Truong)

Director: Angela Allen

Email: bucketandcudgel@gmail.com

 

   
 

Yeoman wooYeomen of The Queen's Guard

You'll see them on the streets, dashing young gentlemen dressed in bright red. They are England's longest standing military unit, the Yeomen of the Guard. They protect the Queen. They protect the nobles. They hunt for spies. And they woo women, oh do they woo women. You'll find them accompanied by ladies in blue, the Queen's Household. They protect the men, they hunt for husbands, they woo, too. Do not ask them about their jugs. You'll find them all at lunchtime, entertaining her Majesty with fine foods, lovely songs, and stories that might make you laugh. Maybe cry.

Find then on Facebook.

Guildmaster: Gordon Bradley

Email: biggb@jps.net

 

Yeomen Women

   
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