The South Devon Players Theatre & Film Company is proud to announce “Mordred”, a new Arthurian drama feature film and stage show. “Mordred” is a drama, researched & written by members of the South Devon Players Theatre & Film Company. This team specializes in historical and mythological dramas and is based in Brixham, South Devon, England.
Set in the 6th Century, across Devon and Cornwall, this two & a half hour drama stars all-local Southwest talent. It brings to life the Arthurian story, in a production researched and adapted from some of the earliest Arthurian legends. It explores some of the earliest tales of Mordred, who appears varyingly in Arthurian legends, as Arthur’s nephew, or illegitimate son. The core of the story is how two equally honourable men came to hate one another, leading to a disastrous war.
Set against the backdrop of the post-Roman Celtic kingdom of Dumnonia, present day Devon and Cornwall, struggling to survive against the Saxon invaders, this is a dark, gritty drama supported by an impressive team of performers, historical reenactors, historians, and a film crew ranging from students at Exeter College, through writing, research and direction, by Arthurian-aficionado, actress/director and Masters graduate from the University of Exeter; Laura Jury, and the ambitious Simon Knight, Director of Photography. They are supported by the sound track composer, Michael Klubertanz, from Germany. Michael is the only team member from outside the Southwest of England. He will be composing the film’s sound-track using only instruments which would have been in use in 6th Century Britain – and a few war-horns.
The film stars two local up-and-coming actors from the southwest, in the two lead roles, Rich Sandford, from Torquay, in his first ever starring role, as Mordred, and Gui Rivaud from North Cornwall, as King Arthur. The production is directed by a local female theatre/film director, for whom “Mordred” is the first feature film that she has directed.
Filming will take place in May and June 2016 around Devon and Cornwall, with the theatre performances taking place in September 2016 . It was considered very important to make sure that this was not “just another King Arthur film”, and to find a unique adaptation. While novels have been written from Mordred’s point of view, to our knowledge, this has never been transferred to film. That, coupled with spanning Devon and Cornwall, and delving into earlier and less known legends, has created an all new version of the legend.
Not that creating a production of this scale is easy. While grants are being applied for, and traditional crowdfunding sources are being applied to, you cannot put all your eggs in one basket. Cast and crew members are involved in a wide range of fundraising activities, ranging from small amounts from tombolas and face painting at fetes, and selling on ebay, through to a film/scifi/fantasy convention, grant applications, cabaret shows, ebook publications and more. For costumes and props, it is also a case of keeping one eye on the history book and the other on what reclaimed fabrics and items can be remade, and adapted.
The cast & crew would like to thank so many people who keep an eye out for second hand things that is allowing them to make this possible. If anyone would like to support this film, whether as a contributing to the crowdfunding campaign, or buying an ebook, please see the fundraising page: http://www.southdevonplayers.com/fundraising1.html
This is an ambitious project, taking not just every ounce of creativity on screen, but also in the planning and logistics behind-the-scenes. With casting for the supporting speaking roles on February 28th, 2016 (anyone interested in applying, should email [email protected]), this project is inexorably moving ahead.
The South Devon Players is a team of dedicated, career-oriented performers, of all ages, who are working on creating careers in theatre and film. They always welcome new members, who share their ethos, and who, regardless of previous experience, want to join a lively, friendly, hardworking team of performers, to hone old skills & develop new ones. In an effort to create high quality new stage and film productions.
Performing theatre shows in Brixham, around Torbay, and South Devon, the South Devon Players create projects based on historical events, classical stories and mythology. They also make period drama films and web-series productions, around Devon and Cornwall, which has become a large percentage of their annual projects.
The South Devon Players was founded in late 2005 by two Brixham-based performers who were seeking performance opportunities in the Southwest, and performed their first production in the summer of 2006. Since then they have gone from strength to strength, and are now growing rapidly, with awards won and a rapidly increasing member and audience base.
Mordred Show Facebook Page: @mordredthemovie