photo by Chris Scupham
  Lark Rise to Candleford - Sewell Barn Theatre, 11-21 Oct 2017
  Michelle is directing the music for a theatre
  production of 'Lark Rise to Candleford' at the  
  Sewell Barn Theatre, Norwich in October.  
  In this play folk music is a central driving force  
  behind the action. Michelle (guitar, vocals, keys)  
  will be working with Jill Parson (melodeon), Fran  
  Broady (violin, vocals), Chad Mason (vocals,  
  guitar/banjo, harmonica) and cast members to  
  produce and perform original and traditional  
  songs and tunes that weave through the text.  

Violinist Fran is involved with several projects

  including working with Judy Dyble from Fairport  
  Convention and gigging at Cropredy this year.  
  Jill has spent many years in the folk world and  
  in addition to playing the melodeon she is a  
  regular ceilidh dance caller and has roots in Morris  
  dance. Singer-songwriter Chad has played in Edinburgh, London, New York and Texas
  on promotional tours for his music as well as playing at Latitude and other UK festivals.
  Michelle will be drawing upon inspirations from various traditional sources as well as using
  original music - the like of which may be found reflected in her Magicfolk compositions -
  the Norfolk based progressive psych-folk band.
  Based on the trilogy by Flora Thompson published in 1945, the play is set in the countryside
  of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. The books describe village life through the seasons of
  the year and the story is seen through the eyes of a teenage girl, Laura, as she leaves Lark
  Rise to start a new life in Candleford.
  TV scriptwriter and playwright Keith Dewhurst adapted Thompson's trilogy into two plays,
  Lark Rise and Candleford, which were performed at the National Theatre in 1978. Musical
  directors were John Tamms and Ashley Hutchings and the performers were the Albion Band.
  There was also a BBC series first aired in 2008.
  The Sewell Barn Theatre production (directed by Robert Little) runs from 11 - 21 October
  - tickets now available.
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