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Photos: smoky

20 September 2013


Smoky: images from the "Virtual Paul's Cross Project", which aims to recreate the experience of people who attended John Donne's "Gunpowder Plot Sermon", as delivered at St Paul's Cross, in St Paul's Cathedral Churchyard, on 5 November, 1622. The project uses visual and acoustic modelling technology to reproduce the look and sounds of the original space, since destroyed in the 1666 Great Fire. The full two-hour sermon can be experienced as if looking and listening from different locations within the churchyard, accompanied by the sounds of the crowd and the ambient noise of bells and animals. Donne's text is reproduced using an original-pronunciation script. The actor performing Donne's sermon is the British actor Ben Crystal, who specialises in performing Shakespeare using original pronunciation scripts. The project is led by John N. Wall, an Episcopalian priest and Professor of English at the University of North Carolina, assisted by David Hill, Ben Markham, and Matt Azevedo. Dr John Schofield, archaeologist at St Paul's Cathedral, is an adviser. It is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. http://vpcp.chass.ncsu.edu

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