#19 The Name Is Jack
Wassail commissioned a company of young artists from Yeovil College to turn the Yeovil folk story, Jack The Treacle Eater, into a live performance for the general public.
Set in 1989, The Name Is Jack tells a range of stories about friendship and the importance of connection.
This commission was part of our Somerset Emergency Theatre work.
Written by Lauren Stuckey and Emma Woodford
Directed by Nick White
Choreography by Amy Bowden and Kerri Heslop
Aerial direction by Shaena Brandel
Original songs by Joe Bunting, Lissy Jane and Harrison Waterhouse
Production Management by Jemma Ball
Performed by Joe Bunting, Ruby Coleman, Taylor Collicutt, Adam Holehouse, Josie Farrant, Serena Shutt, Lauren Stuckey, Owen Thompson, Kenza Tetiali-Talibart, Keda Walbridge, Harrison Waterhouse, Emma Woodford
#20 Whispering Willows
A co-production with The Brewhouse Taunton, commissioned as part of Future Arts Centre's Here & Now project.
It’s 1929. Morris has been planting, harvesting, basket making and drinking tea on his Somerset Willow farm since before he can remember.
Every year the same pattern repeats itself. Plant, harvest, weave. Plant, harvest, weave.
The cycle continues and all is well in the world until the chaos of World War 2 and the invention of plastic threaten to destroy the farm and his livelihood.
Can he find a new use for Willow before it's too late?
Devised by the Company
Directed by Jesse Briton
Designed by Julie Read
Music by Greg Hall
Puppet design & direction by Helen Foan
Production Management by Anthony Clements
Performed by Clive Duncan & Georgia Wall
Photos by Paul Blakemore
#21 Apples & Angels
“The problem with never giving up is that forever’s a long time.”
Pete’s organising a wedding for the Mallard family at Burrow Hill but the bride’s disappeared! Two years ago to the day, Pete married Babs in a glorious, tragic wedding where something similar happened. Today Muriel, Pete and Babs find themselves at the bottom of Burrow Hill, looking for the things they’ve lost and so much more.
Can Lil help them before the spirits of the orchard converge and it’s all too late?
Apples & Angels is an open-air promenade performance taking place at Burrow Hill in South Somerset.
Written by Nick White
Directed by Joanna Procter
Design by Julie Read
Composer Ellie Showering
Production Manager Anthony Clements
Performed by Leela Bunce, Lucy Harrington, Richard Holt, Imogen Smith, David Reakes and residents of South Somerset.