The Queen's Own Theater and Puppet Show
A makeshift wooden stage is set up near the entrance to the Renaissance fair; the stage areas done in a checkerboard design. The backdrop (where the actors change) depicts the 15th century London skyline, with a crude representation of the Globe theater. Performers usually use the area between the puppet theater and Shakespeare acts. Clown jugglers from Bishop’sand Koba’s troupes perform here, as do Vesuvius the fire eater, Rhingwaine the minstrel and Orenda. Performers, mainly circus dancers and clowns, perform “the best of Shakespeare” twice daily. This act includes scenes from The Taming of the Shrew, Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, much ado about nothing, Richard III, Hamlet and Henry V. Although mere snippets, they are quite popular with crowds.
A large theater is set up where children laugh and squeal two performances, like “Ivan the Hunter and the Bad Wolf,” “The Stingy Shopkeeper” and “The Princess Who Love the Moon.” Generally speaking, the themes are what can be expected from a Wyrm-infested and infernal Carnival. “The Princess Who Love the Moon” is the sole exception. It is a beautiful piece about a young princess who, tiring of clumsy suitors, loves the moon for its purity. Visually, the Princess puppet has a slight resemblance to Astarte.
In certain unannounced times, Cavendish and Astarte will play a human chess game on the black-and-red stage floor, using audience members to portray the pieces. Any pieces who are “captured” are released unharmed.