UNDERLAND – July 2008
‘Underland’ was a site specific performance specially comissioned by World Heritage Site Clearwell Caves, Forest of Dean and made in collaboration with Pentabus Theatre. An adaptation of the myth of Persephone, the performance featured original musical compositions and incorporated folklore from the Forest of Dean area. We met poachers and miners and a man who believed that the world will end in 2012 due to the Mayan calendar, and who showed us the laylines through the forest. Each performance took over a hundred audience members through the caves as the story of this fateful marriage unfolded.
‘The atmospheric thrills were visceral and unexpected at every turn as we descended further underground – a lesson in pomegranate-winemaking from an alcove here, a maiden zinging a harp on a rock in a blue-lit water-filled cavern there…’- Owen Adams, guardian.co.uk