Welcome to Lyndesfarne!
“Lyn...Lynda’s what? A farm? What kind of a name is that? I thought this was supposed to be a theatre company. What...?”
Well, for starters, it is the name of the wee island northeast of Newcastle upon Tyne, where some of our ancestors hail from.
At one time it was home to monks. One of them, an artist monk named Eadfrith created the world treasure known as the Lindisfarne Gospels: hand painted tapestries of word and image – the four gospels – some of the greatest stories ever told.
Speaking of stories, Ric’s Granny used to tell a doozey: A certain King Henry, who’s reputation preceded him, had a castle on the island and visited rather frequently. Well, according to Granny, as a result of these visits, the Innes Reid family carries a little bit of the colour blue in its DNA. True story.
Truth is we all grow up with stories and a host of great tellers who entertain us with them. So, really when you think of what we do, we’re really just carrying on a family tradition. And considering all that, we thought the name Lyndesfarne rather fitting. It grows on you and it’s really quite rewarding when you say it right for the first time!
We hope you’ll join us this season. It’s going to be a good one.