Whispering Willows

Whispering Willows

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Burrow Hill Cider Farm

Burrow Way

Kingsbury Episcopi

TA12 6BU

United Kingdom

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WHISPERING WILLOWS is a non-verbal piece of theatre using music and puppetry, created especially for the people of Somerset.

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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?

Whispering Willows transcends age as it’s equally accessible for young children, teenagers, the older generation and everyone in between.

“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

Creative Team

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.

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