Scotland's Oldest Poem – The Gododdin

Spoken Word (poetry, historical)

  • Paradise in The Vault - The Vault
  • 12:40
  • Aug 18-20, 22-28
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - Wales
  • Group: Scotland's Oldest Poem
  • Warnings and additional info: Explicit descriptions of battle violence
  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
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  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years
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Description

Around 600AD 300 mead-fed warriors from Gododdin (roughly today’s Lothians) set off from Din Eidyn (today’s Edinburgh) to do battle at Catraeth, Deira, in what is now northern England. Only one fighter came back. The Gododdin court poet, Aneirin, sang elegies, death odes, for the fallen, in Old Welsh, the language of the time. This modern English rendition in free verse commemorates the deaths of the Men of Gododdin. Dark, dark-age poetry, very bloody and poignant, a virtually unknown classic. Historical background provided.

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  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: The audience enter the venue from Merchant Street, with the box office located on street level. 3 steps or a lift provide access to the upper foyer, with snack bar and toilets on this level. The space is located immediately off the upper foyer, with one row of seats on the same level. A shallow rake provides additional seating.
  • Wheelchair access type: Platform Lift

  • Stairs: 2 - 5
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Lynne Foster about 19 hours ago

Fascinating!! Very informative and beautifully spoken.

David Lee Morgan Morgan 10 days ago

This is a hidden gem. For those interested in things bardic, ancient lore, cracked bones, bashed in heads and bloody battlefields... an original translation from the Welsh - Scotland's oldest poem was written in Welsh, haha - performed by a talented actress and the translator himself. Hearing the music of the original Welsh words, performed at the end of the play was an especial treat.

Andrew Swann 10 days ago

Different to usual Fringe fare but fascinating if you have an interest in the early cultural history of Scotland. Even if you do not just enjoy listening to the wonderful voices particularly the female voice.


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