The Witching Hour approaches

Absolutely Cultured’s Spring production – The Witch Hour. Photo: Tom Arran

As dusk falls over East Park each night from 3 until 5 May 2019, and again in Birkenhead Park in Wirral from 17 until 19 May 2019, visitors will step into The Witching Hour, Absolutely Cultured’s spring production in partnership with Wirral Borough of Culture 2019.

The Witching Hour will inspire imagination and celebrate local tales, memories and folklore, exploring stories of local wise women, magical mythical characters and childhood memories from these two places on opposite sides of the country. The Witching Hour will immerse audiences in a unique and shared experience, weaving a story between the two locations.

Building on Hull 2017’s immensely successful Land of Green Ginger project, this large-scale, outdoor, immersive performance by renowned theatre company Periplum has invited residents from each location to share their stories, memories and urban myths.  Although the main story of The Witching Hour remains the same in both locations, the performances will resonate directly with the two communities through the inclusion of local tales that will be woven into the narrative.

As audiences enter they will be spellbound by spinning tales of alchemy and legend from the two parks. Featuring live performance, a specially commissioned soundtrack, pyrotechnics and promenading action taking place in and around the audience, The Witching Hour explores local legend and folklore from East Park in Hull and Birkenhead Park in Wirral. 

Katy Fuller, Chief Executive and Creative Director of Absolutely Cultured, said: We’re looking forward to welcoming people to the curious and magical world of The Witching Hour and telling these stories that have come directly from the communities themselves.

“As the sun sets and anticipation rises, a little bit of magic will take visitors on a special journey.  Is there more to those tricks of the light, shadows and fleeting images glimpsed from the corner of your eye when the witching hour of dusk is upon us!

Building on the learning from Land of Green Ginger we wanted The Witching Hour to create something magical for this community, giving them a unique and unforgettable experience.  

 The Witching Hour is about two amazing locations, using culture to inspire imagination and connect people and communities. We’ve seen first-hand what can happen when this is done, and the results are something spectacular.” 

The Witching Hour is free and no booking is required. Performances will begin at 9.30pm and last approximately one hour.

For further information about The Witching Hour, visit absolutelycultured.co.uk.

[Matthew Walton – Absolutely Cultured]

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