Saturday 19th May 2018: The Howken Field told by Nick Hennessey
"Beneath a low sky an old man, bent with purpose, makes his way through a field. Above him, in the swirling dark, two ravens speak of those that have fallen and of those yet to be born into this world of the hollow wind."
Existing between worlds, between laws, the Scottish Borders are mysterious, a place of secrets. Unearthing a hidden hoard, storyteller and musician Nick Hennessey tips out the glittering treasures of story and song that press up through field, fell, burn and beck of the Borders shedding light on dark memories of the place.
Monday 16th July 2018: Gone Cuckoo told by Malcolm and Joshua Green
Storyteller Malcolm Green and musician Joshua Green follow the trail of the Cuckoo to explore the fascinating world of this extraordinary creature through stories, music, song and visual imagery.
It’s shortly after dawn at RAF Fylingdales on the North York Moors and a male Cuckoo is having a tiny 4.5g radio transmitter strapped to his back. A few weeks later he will have flown thousands of miles south and 5km up over the Sahara Desert, sending signals back to England as he travels through Libya and Chad to the Congo.
For millennia, the cuckoo’s call has inspired songs, stories and poems. Does he bring the spring? Tell our fortunes? Was he the shapeshifter that became a hawk? He certainly fools the reed warblers who feed him as a changeling baby. Now the voice of the cuckoo is fading – where has it gone?
‘Musicianship and environmental performance-art meet history and myth…an engaging & beautifully constructed tour de force’. Dave Pritchard (Chair, UK Arts & Environment Network, and consultant to the Convention on Migratory Species)
‘The performance was precise and compelling … such an exciting, multi-layered adventure.’ Linda France (award-winning poet)
‘Gone Cuckoo was inspiring and moving… it will fill audiences of all ages with wonder and delight.’ Prof. Nick Davies (author of ‘Cuckoo, Cheating by Nature’)
Friday 28 September 2018: Eros & Psyche told by Sally-Pomme Clayton
Socrates questioned it
Eros made sure of it
Aphrodite excelled at it
Psyche thought about it all the time
"This one-woman show is remarkable, entertaining, spell-binding storytelling."
From raunchy to poetic, sacred to profane, pioneering performance storyteller Sally-Pomme Clayton recreates the myth of Eros and Psyche in spoken word and living sound.
Socrates and his friends are having a drinking party, debating the purpose of love, but in the Other World a power play of beauty and jealousy is underway between gods and humans. Aphrodite, Goddess of Love, expects to be worshipped, and beautiful mortal Psyche is attracting too much attention. So Aphrodite sends Eros, with a quiver-full of arrows, to seek revenge. In a darkly comic twist, Eros falls in love with Psyche himself.
This stunningly composed, mesmerizing performance brings together two classical texts, the mythical romance of Eros and Psyche, and Plato's Symposium.
These texts are over 2000 years old but capture the contemporary imagination. This compelling performance ask questions about love, beauty, suffering, and the choice to live.
Sally-Pomme portrays Psyche's journey from romance to the edge of existence, stripping back the myth to reveal hidden Platonic ideas. She combines magical musical sounds with poetic spoken word, evoking the character of Socrates with his sharp humour and cutting mind, recounting his life and search. As Socrates is sentenced to death for his revolutionary ideas, Psyche opens a forbidden box and falls asleep in the underworld. Plato's Symposium is a counterpoint to Psyche's quest, Socratic thought weaves through the performance, asking - what is the path of love?
Psyche holds up her lamp and gazes at the sleeping Eros, a drops of oil scalds him and love flies away. The eternal search for the beloved begins …