Woolpit Festival is delighted to welcome back theatre group Eastern Angles, following the success of ‘Somewhere in England’ last year.
Scottish playwright David Greig’s play features Prudencia Hart a young academic with a passion for folk music. As she travels to a conference in Kelso on Border Ballads snow begins to fall and she begins a dream-like adventure of self-discovery, playing a part in her own ballad. Her tale is told by a series of mischievous story tellers, sometimes speaking in riotous rhyming verse and at other times singing the beguiling Border Ballads of the past.
Prudencia’s fellow academics regard her desire to celebrate the narrative art of the ballad as dated, sentimental and at odds with the dichotomy expressed in the symposium’s title ‘The Borders Ballad: neither border nor ballad’. Greig satirises academics and their deconstruction of poetry but also explores communities’ and individuals’ views of themselves through folk music.
Part live folk-gig, part folk tale, part barn-storming comedy, Eastern Angles latest Spring Tour will thrill and haunt in equal measure.
Eastern Angles is the regional touring theatre company of the East of England. Formed in 1982 it has since become a model of excellence for rural touring theatre groups. Recent productions have included ‘Stoat Hall’ set in the fictional Tudor England of King Humphrey VIII, ‘Song of Provence’, ‘Sid and Hettie’ and of course ‘Somewhere in England’.
Recently the company has appeared at the Edinburgh Festival.