On the 26th of October, the Worth Valley Storytelling Guild, in association with the Haworth Hall Inn, will be hosting storyteller Simon Heywood telling a tale commissioned for the Festival at the Edge 2015 storytelling festival. Local storytelling fans may remember Simon from last year, when he told the stories of conscientious objectors from the First World War. This year he has adopted a seasonal theme in the run up to Halloween with Anston Line, an odyssey through unseen worlds that wait behind the places we think we know.
Described as “storytelling for grown ups”, Anston Line tells a tale of shadows of a troubled past falling on a young married couple as they set up their first home together, stirring echoes of old legends and history which threaten the deceptive tranquillity which surrounds them, and leading their steps towards the mysterious overgrown ruins of Anston Line.
Anston Line is a homage to the legends and songs of the old borderlands of the north-east midlands of England; and a song of remembrance for those who fought the bitter night to earn their daily bread, to create the world we now call our own.
Anston Line will be performed at the Old Hall Inn, Haworth, on the 26rd October from 8pm. Entrance is free, although donations will be invited.
Feedback on Anston Line so far:
“Enormous thanks to Simon Heywood for an utterly incredible commission”
“LOVED the commission…”
“Commission piece was excellent.”
“Simon Heywood’s commission this year was brilliant! I loved his imagery and the atmosphere created in his performance. The fact that he drew from industrial heritage through a contemporary life using the theme of faery or mystery showed us how we are only a breath away from wonder in our ordinary lives, and how any of us can reach into the past to reveal enriched and deeper meanings of our environment and history. A very innovative and well-crafted performance. Thank you Simon!”
“I thought the commission this year was excellent.”
“Thank you for a truly amazing experience and to all the storytellers, particularly Debs Newbold, Dominic Kelly, Simon Heywood, Joe Brennan and Hugh Lupton.”
“It was a truly beautiful and magnificent performance and a great privilege to hear you with it on its first outing at FatE.”
“It was overwhelmingly great, we’re so glad to have been there to hear it. Truly moving.”
“Enormous thanks to Simon Heywood for an utterly incredible commission..”