This pantomime is based on two early mediaeval manuscripts, one in Latin, the other in Welsh! That might make your heart sink, but the fact is, they were both comic novels of their day. Geoffrey of Monmouth's "History of the Kings of Britain" is full of the stock-in-trade of farce - people are mistaken for one another and jump in and out of each other's beds in time-honoured fashion. As for the Welsh "Culhwch and Olwen", if viewed in a certain way it turns out to be a prototype "Puss in Boots" without the cat (we have, however, supplied the missing animal).
It was the realisation of this last striking parallel that led me to treat the material in pantomime style. Though both the mediaeval authors based their books on ancient Celtic tradition, they saw no reason to approach it with solemn reverence, so neither have I. This is not to say the piece is without its darker shades - but they need only be there for those who seek them.
1 recorder (sop/desc/treb) or flute/piccolo 1 oboe 1 clarinet in Bb 1 bassoon 1 horn in F 1 tuba (optional) 2 percussion 2 violins 1 viola 1 cello
Vortigern Maugantius Uther The Goddess Dinabutius Merlin Merlin's Mother White Dragon Gorlois
Ygerna Les, the Watchman Messenger Soldier Ector Cei Arthur Bedwyr 1st Woman
2nd Woman Culhwch Stepmother Voice from the Cauldron Cat Nimue Olwen The Giant Ysbaddaden