Whispering Willows - A Wassail production

DATE: 26.06.2022

TIME: 11.00 & 15.00

LOCATION: Courtyard

COST: Free (suggested donation £5)

It’s 1929.  Morris has been planting, harvesting, basket making and drinking tea on his Somerset Willow farm since before he can remember.

Every year the same pattern repeats itself. Plant, harvest, weave.  Plant, harvest, weave.  

One day he pulls up a particularly large piece of Willow with a girl clinging to the end of it!  She eats too much, breaks everything in his workshop and is a complete nuisance.  But as time moves on, they teach each other the ways of the Willow.  Planting, harvesting, weaving... the cycle continues and all is well in their world until the chaos of WW2 and the invention of plastic threaten to destroy the farm and their livelihoods.

Can they find a new use for Willow before it's too late?

Image: Paul Blakemore

Creative Team

Directed by Jesse Briton

Original music composed by Greg Hall

Set & Costume design by Julie Read

Puppet design & direction by Helen Foan

Production Manager Anthony Clements

Devised and performed by Clive Duncan and Georgia Wall.

About Wassail 

Wassail is Somerset’s theatre company.

‘Wassail’ literally means “good health”, from the Old English word was hál.  It is also evocative of cultural traditions in the south west of England and, in particular, Somerset.

Our mission is to use theatre as a catalyst for creating healthy, culturally connected communities.

We achieve our mission by creating brilliant original theatre, removing as many barriers to access as possible. Our venues include community settings across Somerset such as: in pubs, village halls, homes, shops, schools & libraries as well as outdoor spaces.  When we refer to Somerset, we mean the ceremonial county which includes Somerset, North Somerset and Bath & North East Somerset.

We believe that anyone can be an artist, and that we are all always audiences.