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(006) David Deal of The Bristol Renaissance Faire

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“Acting in the Bristol Renaissance Faire…gives me a chance to embrace myself in theater and acting, and also immerse myself in history.”


Our Guest today is a consultant who improves brands through content marketing. He publishes his blog, Superhype, and has contributed columns to publications such as Fast Company, GigaOM, and CMO. He is the author of the recently published Apple and Disney: Extension of You and The New Music Moguls. He has edited books such as You Say You Want a Revolution: Rock Music in American Culture, by Robert Pielke. On summer weekends, he acts in the Bristol Renaissance Faire. Get to know David better at


David has been a writer and an observer his entire life. He has worked in Marketing and Book Publishing and now acts at the Bristol Renaissance Faire. David is inspired by Queen Elizabeth the First and her determination to stay focused on caring for the people of England. David is also inspired by T E Lawrence who lived with boldness and was not afraid to take risks.  David moved around allot as a child, and so he turned to history often to find heroes to believe in. His mother took him to see Paton in 1970, and that spiked his interest to learn more about history. It also gave him his first taste of the intersection of Theater and History.



Photo courtesy of John Karpinsky

David takes us into the Bristol Renaissance Faire with a wonderful audio tour including the history they use to inspire the faire. His character is Nicholas Wright who is a bombastic barrister and someone who is trying to do good and who is fun for all to play with. The fun of learning how to portray history more accurately to enhance the experience for all who come to step back in time and get a break from their mundane lives. We discuss how street acting or living history can help to bridge the audience mindset gap, allowing people to connect truly with history while learning as well.





David talks about how Queen Elizabeth worked to stay true to herself and England; she made the right choice instead of the convenient option. T E Lawrence decided to do the impossible while leading the Bedouin and attack Aqaba by crossing the desert to take Aqaba successfully. The power of the mind is astounding, so many things are only impossible because we believe them to be so. Acting at Bristol was David’s personal Aqaba, he didn’t listen to those who doubted, and his life has been so enriched because of it. It can be hard to pursue the things that our heart wants to do, but taking the risk has it’s own rewards. David discovered a second family while acting at Bristol who lifts him up and encourages him.






“She(Queen Elizabeth 1) had a famous motto: ‘I see but say nothing.’ I LOVE that! That’s kinda how I live my life. I tend to watch people around me. I tend to surround myself with counselors. And I tend to look at the world around me and then I act. And I don’t necessarily say a lot when I act, but when I do, I do it with confidence.”




We talk about how Queen Elizabeth the First and T E Lawrence have influenced David’s life by teaching him when to be bold and when to observe carefully. We talk about the value of being able to read people and the many ways to apply it while interacting with people. Determination is a trait that is hard to cultivate well, but it is one that is often highlighted in history, and certainly is present in Queen Elizabeth 1 life. We talk about the Dreamers of the Day and how they change the world in small and large ways. The Dreamers of the Day add to the world instead of just drifting thru passively.


elizabeth_portrait“Beggar woman and single far rather than queen and married.” -Queen Elizabeth 1






“All men Dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes to make them possible.” -T. E. Lawrence





We discuss the fear of wearing the clothing you love instead of what is expected of you. Quite often in bringing history to people, we encounter individuals who have made their clothing in often the only place they feel safe wearing their outfit. The freedom to express yourself in your music choices is much easier than your clothing choices.


Risk taking is essential. Surround yourself with people who will help you take the leap and make the hard decisions.


“So take a risk with your life, because you only have one life here. So make the most of it. And if you are afraid to take a risk, find someone who will kick you in the but to do that.”



Links from today’s Show

David’s Professional page:

David’s Blog: Superhype

David’s original post on acting at Bristol: Found Here

Bristol Renaissance Faire:


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About the author, Allison

Allison has been working and playing in history for the last 12 years. Her passion is helping to create fantastic events and bringing the hidden stories in history to light.


  1. Stephen Lundeen on January 13, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    This was an awesome show! I have been to the Bristol Faire on a few occasions but to hear about it from his viewpoint was very interesting! Thank you for sharing.

    • Allison Pettengill on January 15, 2017 at 11:31 am

      Hi, Stephen! Thanks so much for listening. I am so glad that you liked the show! What is your favorite event?

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