Making Sounds in a Wood
We have been exploring ideas for a sound performance in the boggy wood known as BytheWay, in Colehill, Wimborne.
Following a session earlier in 2017 led by sound artist, Adrian Newton, we decided to explore the idea of using sound recordings as the basis for our next small-scale production in the wood at BytheWay. We are working with Adrian to create a sound tapestry, with performance directed by Tony Horitz.
Using pieces of research as the starting point, we are considering sounds and images associated with the natural environment of the area and its history: stories of fairies and Jack o’Lantern and characters who passed through – the carters and drovers who gathered their animals there before market day, the soldiers in the pub and the travellers on the railway line which crossed the area.
We are working with Hannah Bosence, Countryside Officer for Christchurch and East Dorset District Councils, which manage the site, designated East Dorset’s first Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space.
You will find BytheWay Field at 244 Leigh Rd, Wimborne BH21 2BZ, signposted on the left as you drive out of Wimborne on the Leigh Road.
Thanks to East Dorset District Council for funding support.
WCT’s Treasure Trail on 14th July was a big success – around 50 people took part and we raised over £300 for WCT funds.
Thanks to Chris and Frank Dowdle for compiling a fun and challenging trail which everyone seemed to really enjoy. And to Clare Small for putting together the magnificent hamper.
Adrian, Lynnet and Charlie Williams were worthy winners closely followed by the Black Pug Books team.
The next WCT fund-raising event will be our annual Quiz Night on Wednesday November 1st at Colehill Sports and Social Club. Watch this space for more details.
Listen HERE to young actors perform in Holt Forest (By Hook or By Crook, 2004), and local people talk about their forest, people being lost there, and stories about local characters, like Arthur Coffin, who lived in a cottage in the forest, and his son, Walt.
In other recordings people referred to the moment when national politics affected the fate of local girl, Amy Farrant, when her path crossed with that of the Duke of Monmouth in Holt parish. Different points of view about the forest surfaced: to what extent should it be managed by English Nature, how freely should horses be ridden on paths, should grazing be reintroduced, to what extent should the wood be promoted as a place for people and dogs to visit?
As well as these contemporary concerns, we explored the symbolism of forests, the realm of nature’s secrets, and as places for testing and initiation or a spiritual world which we penetrate to find meaning.
WCT’s next show will take place in boggy woodland on Leigh Common, Colehill, near Wimborne, in October 2017.
The next WCT production at BytheWay Field in Wimborne will be on
Saturday 21st October 2017
and Sunday 22nd October 2017
There will be several performances on both dates.
It’s not too late to get involved! The next rehearsal is on Thursday July 20th from 7.30 – 9 pm. Venue to be confirmed. From September we will be rehearsing on Thursdays and some weekends leading up to the perormances. Dates of rehearsals will be published soon. We will also be looking for volunteers to help in non-performing roles.
All rehearsals usually take place on the site unless the weather is too bad when we will decamp to a nearby venue. You will find BytheWay Field at 244 Leigh Rd, Wimborne BH21 2BZ, signposted on the left as you drive out of Wimborne on the Leigh Road. Meet in the car park.
WCT’s fun Treasure Trail is back for a third year! This is a fund-raising event so do come along and bring your friends.
Just pick up the trail between 6.15 – 7.30 pm on Friday 14th July at Westfield Close Car Park, Westfield Close, Wimborne BH21 1ES and solve the clues around the streets of Wimborne to find the mystery destination.
Entry is only £6 per adult which includes a raffle ticket for a hamper full of Dorset goodies. Accompanied children are free.
For more details, telephone: 01202 884210
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It was a lovely spring evening on Sunday as we explored BytheWay with Adrian and Tony. We created through sounds the activities of drovers and farmers who used to herd their cattle there. It’s amazing how dragging a stick through dry leaves sounds like fire when recorded!
View great photos by Hannah Small of the environment and our sonic activities.