The Knight's Errand

by Marilyn Anne Campbell

Stage play: Theatre for Young Audiences, one act, 4 performers
King Arthur, Lancelot, and Percival recount the story of Ferldamed, a lesser-known knight of The Round Table who must overcome his fear of the dark and his general lack of knightly skills both to fulfill a simple errand and to save his friends from a fearsome foe.
A rhyming play.
Read an excerpt from The Knight's Errand

Premiere:

Poster © Child's Play Theatre

The Knight's Errand premiered as an outdoor production in July 2015. Nova Scotia's Child's Play Theatre performed the show busker-style on the Halifax Waterfront.
(Performance dates: July 4, 5, 11, 12)

Directed by Carolyn Thomas
Produced by Zara Tufts

Featuring:
Carey Bray as Ferldameld
Dana Thompson as King Arthur
Jessica Oliver as Percival
Luciana Silvestre Fernandes as Lancelot

Other Productions:

A revised version was presented at Storybook Land Theatre in Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA, July 26, 27 & 29, 2016 (many thanks to Artistic Director Brian T. Schultz for the feedback and suggestions). Featuring the Storybook Land Theatre 2016 company, Paige, Julia, Claire, Briggs, Max, Isaac, and Eli.

A Little History


The Knight's Errand began as a narrative poem that I wrote when I was in high school. Thinking myself an utterly brilliant seventeen-year-old, I immediately sent the poem out to several big-name picture book publishers, expecting instant success. Although the slew of  no-thank-yous I received were all very polite and encouraging, I nonetheless shelved The Knight's Errand for several years.

I rediscovered and rewrote the poem while in university and, thinking myself an utterly brilliant twenty-one-year-old, read it at a few semi-private open mic type events, expecting instant accolades. Although the applause I received was polite and the comments generally encouraging (with a lot of, "you know, for kids" caveats), I had no idea what to do with this thing I had written. After all, every picture book publisher in town had already said no. So back in the e-drawer it went.

Many, many years later, after I started playwriting, I rediscovered the poem yet again and realized it had been in slightly the wrong format all along. So now I no longer consider myself an utterly brilliant anything, and the poem has grown up to become a rhyming play, which I suspect is what it wanted all along.

Status: 


  • Premiered with Child's Play Theatre in Halifax, Nova Scotia in the summer of 2015
  • Available for future productions; read an excerpt online now, contact the playwright to obtain a full reading copy


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