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.
The Fine Times Recorder
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
#22 HOLY COW!
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.
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.