2022

Whispering Willows

We're taking our non-verbal story about the power of nature, told through the eyes of a willow farmer, back on tour!

Whispering Willows weaves its audience into the story with humour, pathos and energy. It’s a delight. 

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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?

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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

#22 HOLY COW!

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SUNDAY 29 MAY

5.30pm (6pm start)

East Quay, Watchet


HOLY COW! is inspired by the story of St. Decuman, Watchet's now-beloved patron saint, and his cow. Famously, St Decuman travelled from Wales intent on converting the heathens of Watchet... (SPOILER: he wasn't well received and lost his head in the process!). But this isn’t our story. Our retelling of this local legend sees Decuman and his cow lose each other in the fabled Bristol Triangle, each being propelled on a separate journey through time and Watchet’s rich history. Come see the pirates and poets, landowners and landlubbers, seafarers and shantymen, as our two lost souls work their way through 1316 years to find each other again.

HOLY COW! is part of Maritime Mayhem, a weekend celebrating the weird, wonderful, folkloric and esoteric tales of Watchet's maritime past made possible through National Lottery funding from The Heritage Fund and Arts Council England.

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Written & co-directed by Jac Husebo

Co-directed by Jesse Briton

Designed by Tomasin Cuthbert Menes

Original music composed by Tom Crosley-Thorne

Performed by Maia Ayling, Joanna Kessell, Chloe McDonald, Joe Wiltshire-Smith and the people of Watchet including choirs, bands and students from Danesfield School

Production Manager - Anthony Clements

Lead Producer - Joseph Cullen

Associate Producer - Corrinne Curtis

With thanks to Selina Keedwell and all at Contains Art and the Onion Collective.