A short, playful and wordless exploration of roots, loss and homecoming that will charm both younger audiences and any adult's inner child
£10 / £8 Concs
Fri 8 July 2022, 6pm
Sat 9 July 2022, 6pm
Running Time: 45min no interval
Suitable for Families
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?
“Drawing from ancient legends, recent history and current issues, Whispering Willows weaves its audience into the story with humour, pathos and energy. It’s a delight.” The Fine Times Recorder
“Whispering Willows is 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
“I loved all of it. Seeing the man weaving, the lady pretending to cry, the animals, and the music.” 11 year old
Wells Connect Centre
Creatives, Cast & Crew
Directed by Jesse Briton
Original music composed by Greg Hall
Set & Costume design by Julie Read
Puppet design & direction by Helen Foan
Production Manager Anthony Clements
Devised and performed by Clive Duncan and Georgia Wall.
Wassail Theatre Company