‘Field of Asphodel’ retells the Persephone myth with large puppets, shadows and music with an East European twist resonating with texts from witnesses of the Chernobyl disaster. After an earthquake, Persephone, abducted by Hades is imprisoned in the Underworld. Demeter, corn Goddess of Greek mythology, journeys to recover her daughter but despairing, neglects land as fertility wanes. The performance correlates the recent accidents of Chernobyl and Fukushima with the creation myth. There will be a Q&A session after each performance.
Hastings based, the company tour with children and adult repertoire nationally whilst operating a training and workshop programme within the local community. Julia Dunbar McLean – artistic director and puppeteer created the puppet film MADGE FIGGEY, winning the Celtic Film festival under 12’s award. She was prime mover on THE MODEL and PIGWORT and has worked extensively in theatre, TV and film. Sophie Powell performer/puppeteer previously worked at Polka and the Little Angel Theatre. She currently teaches the international theatre course at Rose Bruford College. Samuel Dutton, Director – has worked as actor and puppeteer at Norwich puppet theatre, The Little Angel and the RSC as well as directing the puppetry Greg Doran’s Midsummer Nights Dream.
1-2 August, 19:30
Photo credits: Clive Tagg