zhanra: musical story telling
Fri at 18:45
Sun at 13:00
This is a pay-what-you-will-show. There are no tickets but there will be a bucket-collection.
How did it begin?
‘This idea of exploring my Latvian roots and traditions has been been in my head for a long time and it matters to me because it’s where my identity and belonging comes from. I want to bring a little bit of this culture to Barnstaple.’
What is the show about?
The show is full of Latvian songs and explores one woman's journey through her life. From very young girl, to wife, mother and grandmother. Every ten to twenty years we see her at the Midsummer Solastice Celebration Festival. Every time she’s up to something different!
Come and watch four performers tell one woman's story through songs, music and movement!
What is the Midsummer Celebration?
In Latvia, every year people from cities escape to the countryside to celebrate the longest day of the Summer and the shortest night. The celebration is full of traditions and culture. People make cheese, drink beer, swing in massive swings, make flowery wreaths, jump over the fire, swim, dance till morning and then watch the sunrise together which symbolises entering a new phase of life.
About the cast:
Estere is writing, directing and performing in A Midsummer Tale. She’s originally from Latvia and has been living in North Devon since 2012. She gained her Acting Degree from Plymouth Conservatoire in 2020, and is excited to bring A Midsummer Tale to an audience.
Elizabeth Daleigh is a Bath Spa University graduate, and will be playing multi-role and chorus and singing parts in the show.
Jessica May Cox is an Aberystwyth University graduate, and will be playing multi-role, chorus, and musician parts in the show.
Elisabeth is an actor-musician who has recently returned to Exeter after studying for an MA at Rose Bruford College. Elisabeth will be playing actor-musican parts in the show.
More info on performers history on instagram: @creative_playhouse