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The Hour Glass, Exeter

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£10.68 - £12.81

Aida, Ann and May makes a historical fiction of three solo unaccompanied singers: a ballad singer, a keener and a folk revivalist. Through lyrical new writing these tales place singing as a role in society, entwine the body with song, and keep close to death and remembering. Between the stories Hannah will sing unaccompanied folk songs, making an evening somewhere between a literature reading and a folk gig.

The stories came out of questioning, what happens to us when we sing? and what is the purpose of song? Developed through 3 years of research into folk song history, these stories are inspired by 18th century English execution ballads, the tradition of keening in Ireland, and personal experience of singing in the folk club.

Hannah Sullivan is a writer and performance maker based in West Yorkshire, creating solo monologues, participatory and site specific performance, collaborative books and experiments for film. Hannah’s work is often concerned with understanding and reframing creative practices and salvaging what is at risk of being lost. Hannah’s solo performance Echo Beach toured nationally and internationally to New Zealand, Australia and Spain. And her monologue With Force and Noise was featured within Exeunt Magazines most memorable theatre of 2017, and selected as part of In Between Time’s 2017 New Blood Live Artists programme. Performance installation and exhibition Draw to Look was commissioned by the Royal West of England Art Academy, and toured to Mayfest, GIFT and Square Chapel Arts Centre in 2018. Hannah was a former member of the Bristol based artists collective Interval.

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The Hour Glass

Melbourne Street



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