By John Constable
Whose Bishop supplies me licence to sin in the Liberty.
In Bankside stews and taverns you could pay attention me honk correct daintily,
As I liberate the hidden door, unveil the key History.”
The Liberty of the Clink dates again to 1107 while the Bishop of Winchester was once granted a stretch of the Southwark Bankside, which lay outdoor the legislations of town of London. the following, the Bishop managed the brothels, or stews. The whores of the freedom have been often called Winchester ducks.
The imaginative and prescient Books of The Southwark Mysteries have been first published through The Goose to John Crow, trickster-familiar of the poet and playwright John Constable, on twenty third November 1996. In those apocalyptic verses, John Crow encounters The Goose at Crossbones, the whores’ graveyard unearthed in the course of paintings at the Jubilee Line Extension. She initiates him right into a mystery background spanning 2,000 years – a imaginative and prescient of the Spirit within the flesh, the Sacred within the profane, Eternity in time.
This imaginative and prescient informs The secret performs, a latest “Southwark Cycle” rooted within the medieval mysteries, retelling sacred tales within the earthy language and context of our personal time and position. This epic drama was once first played in Shakespeare’s Globe and Southwark Cathedral on Easter Sunday, twenty third April 2000. a brand new creation used to be provided in Southwark Cathedral in 2010. The 3rd a part of the paintings is a Glossolalia of neighborhood background and esoteric lore to be learn along with the poems and plays."
"Past and current, sacred and profane jostle and collide in a wonderful tumult during this anarchic drama... it’s couched in verse that's muscular, ribald, and sometimes dazzlingly rich... It’s sprawling and unashamedly ragged in execution, yet it’s irrepressibly very important: a joyous, gutsy get together of existence, love, religion and forgiveness. " - Sam Marlowe, The Times