The Beaufort Scale - London October 2005

As part of our on-going exploration of the telling of tales, a small group of nomads have spent time in Deal, on England’s south coast, collecting stories of the sea. In an old church hall, the performers created an installation in which the stories were retold. It was a ghostly evening of candles and fairylights, tombstones and shipwrecks. Tea, once the most precious of commodities for which ships were lured onto their treacherous Deal sands, was brewed for the audience and handed out by the hovellers, the beach dwellers who for centuries made a living from the shipwrecks. The performers were Kitty Myers, Victoria Gillmon, Paul Huntley-Thomas, Matt Spray and Lisa Payne.

Faraway Nearby workshops continued with an intensive week at London’s People Show Studios led by Luke Dixon and Jane Turner. Methodologies, styles and stories were explored and the ensemble developed. The week ended with a Fellini-esque sharing for friends.


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