Enjoy a world of nature and language in The Lost Words: Told in Gold at Heaton Park, a naturesque outdoor theatre performance for families with children of all ages, inspired by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris’ beautifully illustrated children’s book, The Lost Words. Produced by Seek, Find, Speak, this is the first Lost Words production since 2019.
“Once upon a time, words began to vanish from the language of children. They disappeared so quietly that at first no-one noticed. Fading away like water on a stone. The words were becoming lost, no longer vivid in children’s voices no longer alive in their stories.” from the beginning of the book: The Lost Words.
‘Conker’, ‘magpie’, ‘heron’ and ‘dandelion’, these are all words of nature that are no longer entries in children’s dictionaries and words that are slowly disappearing from children’s vocabularies. The Lost Words at Heaton Park is an outdoor theatrical piece produced in response to this rather upsetting fact, and the performance led by no other than a swooping flock of birds.
Running from Monday 19 September – Saturday 1 October 2022, The Lost Words at Heaton Park is for young people and their grownups to enjoy together. The piece is set within a huge goldfinch nest auditorium, with the setting itself bound to leave the audience feeling mesmerised. The Lost Words is soundtracked by Spell Songs, which provide awe-inspiring musical interpretations of Robert Macfarlane’s words and Jackie Morris’s illustrations. The performance also features sound recordings of spell poems from some of the most famous voices in Britain. You will see spells wrapped around trees, perched on branches, and hiding in the woodland, drifting and flying like birds in the sky.
So, to discover the beauty in words that might otherwise soon be forgotten, book your tickets for The Lost Words at Heaton Park by clicking the link below.
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