Whispering Willows

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"I loved all of it. But mostly seeing the man weaving and the lady pretending to cry and the animals, also sound effects. Weaving the crowns. BEST DAY EVER!!!!"  Year 6 pupil

"Drawing from ancient legends, recent history and current issues, it weaves its audience into the story with humour, pathos and energy. It’s a delight." The Fine Times Recorder

"A tiny epic gem of storytelling and willow-inspired puppetry, enhanced by simple yet sophisticated set and sound design and beautifully played out against the stunning natural backdrop of Wassail's beloved Somerset levels. A short, playful and wordless exploration of roots, loss and homecoming that will charm both younger audiences and any adult's inner child." Bristol 24/7

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.   

One day he pulls up a particularly large piece of Willow with a girl clinging to the end of it!  She eats too much, breaks everything in his workshop and is a complete nuisance.  But as time moves on, they teach each other the ways of the Willow.  Planting, harvesting, weaving... the cycle continues and all is well in their world until the chaos of WW2 and the invention of plastic threaten to destroy the farm and their livelihoods.

 

Can they find a new use for Willow before it's too late?

Devised by the company

Directed by Jesse Briton

Puppet design & direction by Helen Foan

Designed by Julie Read

Music by Greg Hall

Education work by Beth Fidicuia-Brookes

Performed by Clive Duncan and Georgia Wall

Production images by Paul Blakemore