Where We Land: A Storied Isle
Written and performed by Jacqueline Harris
Music composed and performed by Lee Affen
Film and live projection by Graham Kay
A storyteller once left Lancashire to live on the Isle of Arran off the west coast of Scotland. These are the stories she found there.
I lived on Arran for three and a half years. Although I’m now back in Lancashire, the island and its people remain deep in my bones and I go back often. The show is an intimate and immersive multimedia storytelling experience that uses spoken word, recorded interviews, film, projection and both a live and recorded original musical score/soundscape. It weaves real life recorded stories, folktale and autobiography into a single narrative encouraging us to question the relationships between our personal stories and the landscapes we inhabit.
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I took Lee and Graham back up to Arran with me. We visited people I knew and listened to their stories together. One day we coerced people at the small yet perfect bakery to record some dialogue from “The Mermaid Wife” for us. We spent a day with the seals at Kildonan. Together and separately we wandered, watched, listened, wrote, filmed and recorded. It was this journey that created the overlying narrative of how the show became, and of how it belongs to all of us including the people we met. As much as being a response to the stories I tell and share, Lee’s music is his response to the Arran landscape and the sounds, the stories and the voices there. Graham’s films let us see Arran through his eyes, from the wild mountains of the north to the fine detail of a swaying underwater frond of seaweed. This show began as an exploration of what Arran meant to me and the people I know there, and then it also became an exploration of what happened when we began to make the show, but at it’s heart is the island itself. These are stories that arise from encounters with the landscape.
This show developed out of previous work that was also supported by Litfest, Lancaster and The Boo at Waterfoot, Rossendale kindly gave us rehearsal space and valuable support in the development of this work.
This show will be touring later in 2019