By The Way - Sounds in a Common Wood • 2017-18

By The Way - Sounds in a Common Wood • 2017-18

It was magical!  I really felt like I was in a film. The sound track was amazing and it highlighted the beauty of the wood.  I loved how we fell upon the ghosts and spirits of the place.  It was so evocative and gentle and timeless. The scenes were really engaging …fragments of the wood’s history.  The smoke for the train was splendid.  It was a completely immersive experience.

An enchanting performance presented to us by Wimborne Community Theatre – wonderful woven stories, entwined with facts and myth.  (Scene One review)

Following a session earlier in 2017 led by sound artist, Adrian Newton, we decided to explore sound recordings as the basis for our next small-scale production in the wood at BytheWay, Colehill, Wimborne. Working with Adrian we created two sound collages, within a performance directed by Tony Horitz.

Using pieces of research as the starting point, we considered 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.

To read more about the project, see the Archive here.

We worked in collaboration 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 Colehill Parish Council for funding support.

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