By Emma Webb and
An ensemble of 13 women and a pile of transistor radios tell a timeless story of the place between wife and widow, of marriages lived on the tide, of hanging around. Bewitching music and movement mix with comedy and poignancy.
SOLE is a full length movement theatre show with music and song composed by Matt Winkworth and devised by Artistic Director Emma Webb.
Using 12 women drawn from the local community and one professional performer, SOLE tells the tale of a community of fishermen's wives. They are knitted together in their independence, their marriages are lived on the tide. When their husbands disappear off the horizon the real activity begins, life is laughed, lived and sung until the countdown to the mens return begins. This is repeated until one man doesn't return and one woman no longer belongs. She is in limbo, neither a wife nor a widow.
Then a body is washed up, unidentifiable but needing to be claimed.
SOLE uses puppetry, choreography, choral arrangements and text to create a sensitive and comedic journey through the art of waiting. Under Milk Wood meets Victoria Wood.
You can read a review of the premiere here