Innovative theatre is inspired by Norfolk saint
An innovative theatre production inspired by the life of St Walstan, Norfolk's patron saint of agriculture and farming, who died 1,000 years ago, is set to be performed in a ruined Norwich church next weekend.
This Earth We Tread, is a multi-arts outdoor promenade performance set in the beautiful and atmospheric ruins of St Michael and All Angels in Bowthorpe, as part of Heritage Week from September 9 to 11.
It was written and performed with and by people from the local community, in association with Slow Theatre Company and The Ruins Trust. The script was finalised by award-winning playwright Danusia Iwaszko, who provided writing workshops to local people to help with the writing process.
The performance also features haunting original music composed by Pat Hanchett, modern dance choreographed by talented young local performers, and professional puppetry. It is directed by Danny O'Hara of Slow Theatre Company.
Walstan chose to leave behind a life of privilege to live and work in close connection with the land. This piece explores modern issues of land ownership and disenfranchisement, displacement, disconnection and conservation against the backdrop of his life.
Performances are at 3pm and 7pm on Friday 9th, Saturday 10th & Sunday September 11. At the end of the evening performances, the cast and audience will join in a light meal of locally-produced food.
Tickets available from tickets.slowtheatrecompany.co.uk or from Bowthorpe Church, 01603 745698. Audience numbers are limited - early booking is advisable. £9.50/£7.50 conc.
Tickets for the dementia and autism-friendly performance at 3pm on Friday September 9 only are free, but must be booked in advance
Please be advised that the performance moves from site to site around the ruins and the audience will need to follow. The site is fully accessible.