Stories of lockdown from people with experience of prison, homelessness, addiction, and families of people in the armed forces. Stories from inside the Covid-19 storm. Powerful, often irreverent, heartfelt: words that history cannot forget. Through live performance, animation, film and voice-over, Story Machine presents an anthology of lives that step off the page to hold hands with you.
Paperchains Live is co-developed with The Outsiders Project and funded by Arts Council England through the National Lottery Project Grants programme. Story Machine brings books and artistic ambitions to life through artistic live experiences.
“There have been many amazing projects to help people during the pandemic and Paperchains is one of the very best” HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.
John Rankin Waddell, known as Rankin, is an exceptional photographer, publisher and film director. From the Queen of England to the Queen of Pop, his images have become part of contemporary iconography, evidence of his passion for all aspects of modern culture and its representation in the photographed image. In 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic Rankin created a series of portraits of key health workers to highlight the essential services provided by the NHS while celebrating the individual subjects for their contribution to society. He speaks to journalist and author Dylan Jones.
In The Sea There Are Crocodiles by Fabio Geda is the true story of a refugee child. This event explores why and how author Mary Loudon, with dramatist and director Nicola Moran, created a theatre company to perform and tour the world première of this global bestseller, raising thousands of pounds for refugee charity Young Roots. Mary and Nicola share this story in a half hour discussion with one of Britain’s best-known actors Harriet Walter, followed by a showing of the film of the performance, which was shot during a live show at the Oxford Playhouse. After the film, Harriet Walter will lead a short audience Q&A.
Soaked in rain and old magic, Storyland is the history of Britain through medieval eyes. Grounded in meticulous research by art historian Amy Jeffs, related as fiction, it is filled with places we know, and can still visit, and characters half-remembered: Lear in Leicester, Merlin in Stonehenge, Grim in Grimsby, St Columba on the River Ness. Each episode is illustrated with an original linocut print by the author. This landmark publication rooted deep in the ancient British landscape will delight lovers of history, art, myth and stories. The author talks to journalist Julia Wheeler.
Imagine a world where the lines separating humanity and animals have blurred, in which dark forests contain refuge as well as danger. The Devil’s Violin is Daniel Morden (story), Oliver Wilson-Dickson (violin) and Sarah Moody (cello). Their new show is a masterfully woven tapestry of stories about our perception of beauty and the value of kindness.
“A scintillating combination of music, sound and story” – The Times.
Wishing to leave the quiet isolation of her Orkney island life, Amy Liptrot books a one-way flight to Berlin. Searching for new experiences, inspiration and love, she rents a shared flat, explores the streets, nightclubs and parks, and seeks out the city's wildlife – goshawks, raccoons and hooded crows. She hopes for the unexpected – and it comes with an erotic jolt, in the form of a love affair that obsesses her. Taking an unapologetic look at the addictive power of love and lust, an exploration of the cycles of the moon, the flight paths of migratory birds, the mesmerising power of Neolithic stonework and the trails followed by a generation that exists online, she talks to writer and broadcaster Horatio Clare.
The Lord Chamberlain’s Men – with a history stretching back to Shakespeare himself – invite you to join them for a sparkling comedy. One of the UK’s finest touring theatre companies, they present this great play as Shakespeare first saw it performed: in the open air, by an all male cast and with Elizabethan costumes, music and dance.
Banished to the Forest of Arden, Rosalind, Celia, Orlando and the Duke are freed from the constraints of their former lives – lovers tussle, wits and fools spar, familial bonds are challenged, and everyone wrestles with what it really means to be yourself. A rustic romp packed with music, laughs, cross-dressing confusion and a dash of wrestling!
“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool” – William Shakespeare.
There are five performances As You Like It, on Thursday 2, Friday 3 and Saturday 4 June. Seating at all performances is unallocated. These are outdoor performances, come rain or shine, so please dress warmly and according to the weather.
You can enjoy a tipple, soft drink or ice cream from the licensed bar and ice cream stand before the performance and during the interval.
Click here to pre-book a delicious picnic box to enjoy during the performance.
Toilet facilities are available on site.
Three authors explore how historical fiction illuminates the world. They discuss the responsibility of telling stories inspired by real-life figures, what’s at risk of being forgotten or lost if these stories are not told, and how they have used speculative techniques to explore themes of war, grief, religion, misogyny, creativity and selfhood. Sophie Haydock writes for the Sunday Times, Guardian, Royal Academy and Sotheby’s. Her debut novel is The Flames. Liz Hyder’s debut YA novel, Bearmouth, was named The Times’ Children’s Book of the Year. Her book for adults, The Gifts, is set in 1840 in London and the Shropshire Hills. Rebecca F John is winner of the PEN International New Voices Award 2015. Her second adult novel is The Empty Greatcoat.
This timely and intimate work from playwright Barney Norris (The Remains of the Day) and his father, pianist and broadcaster David Owen Norris, examines the age-old story of a boy and his dad, and how they can relate to one another. An intimate, autobiographical exploration of their relationship, The Wellspring takes us inside the complex and shifting dynamic between this particular father and son, exploring the people and stories that shape us. Directed by Jude Christian, their performances are accompanied by music performed by David Owen Norris.
The Turkish-British novelist’s latest work is a rich and magical tale of belonging and identity, love and trauma, memory and amnesia, human-induced destruction of nature and, ultimately, renewal. She explains the main themes of the novel and her creative process in conversation with writer, broadcaster and contributor to BBC Channel 4 and The Sunday Times Kirsty Lang.