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Furry Folk with Strange Tales

In August 2014 we spent a week working with the lovely folk of Lancashire devising, scripting and writing songs for a piece we all performed in Gisburn Forest.

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Furry Folk with Strange Tales

In August 2014 we spent a week working with the lovely folk of Lancashire devising, scripting and writing songs for a piece we performed in Gisburn Forest.

It was a great exercise in storytelling and we took the audience on a journey with Boy who had inadvertently fallen through a portal which only opened every 50 years and which took him to an enchanted forest where the animals could talk! We met Badger, the Wolves, the Crows, Mr Frog and Bear and were enchanted by the Spirit of the Forest and her helpers the Wood Sprites. Once Boy had collected all five tokens from the animals he could go back through the portal and return home for tea!

What fun we had! We wrote script and songs and created a magical world of adventure all from nothing – in five days. Up and coming local artist Sarah Yates joined us for part of the time and made some fantastic sketches of the rehearsals. People from the age of seven to sixty three, some of whom had never met each other and never taken part in anything like this before found themselves performing for the first time with confidence and gusto!

Blaize collaborated with Spot On, Lancashire/Culturapedia with funding from Art Council England G4A grant funding. Thanks to them for making these great projects happen!

We have already been given ideas by the participants for next year’s adventure! Watch this space ……

 

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