As well as writing poetry and songs which share oral history, I’m involved in a project at Croome Court in Worcestershire, devising and performing pieces which share history through site specific theatre. I am one of a group of 8 actors who have been developing new material and then performing it since January. Currently there are 2 plays being performed on Sundays: I play the part of the Cook in Minnie and the Jollop and my next performances are on Sunday July 27th at 11.15, 1.00, 2.00 & 3.00. Here’s the website for details of admission prices https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/croome/
The Croome grounds are absolutely stunning, so if you fancy a day out with a difference, I recommend it. Our project is called Croome Encounters. Last Friday, we performed both plays to an invited audience of Croome volunteers and staff and had this wonderful feedback:
- I would like to thank you personally for providing the opportunity for us all to share in the brilliant ‘enactments’ this evening. They are a superb addition to the Croome experience.
- What an enjoyable time I had travelling back in time with the excellent actors bringing a little of Croome history to life whilst entertaining us in quite a humorous way.
- A big thank you for the special performance for volunteers on Friday evening. It was a hugely enjoyable occasion and I am very pleased so many of us were there. I thought the performers were excellent.
- I especially enjoyed the way the historical details were woven into the script and the shifting of the scenery, with the actors inviting the audience to follow them, kept things on the move and was a lot of fun.
- It is not surprising that our visitors are enjoying them – we certainly did.
- Enjoyed the “Encounters” enormously. Those volunteers who haven’t seen them don’t know what they are missing. I’m so glad we came. Congratulations to all involved.