Natural world play Murmurations heads for Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire
A new theatre production titled Murmurations will be performed at Wicken Fen nature reserve from September 17 to 19.
The production brings together outdoor theatre experts Tangled Feet, with its long history of site-specific and site-responsive work, with acclaimed playwright Steve Waters in a collaboration that explores the importance on the natural world on all our lives, and particularly in the time of Covid.
An original score has been written by Polly Wright, whose 2019 album Sing as the Crow Flies was picked as one of The Guardian’s Albums of the Year, with sound design by Guy Connelly. Steve Waters is developing Murmurations as part of a project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the University of East Anglia, where he is professor of scriptwriting.
Exploring how drama might serve the work of conservation in a time of extinction, Steve is working closely with nature reserves at National Trust’s Wicken Fen and at RSPB Strumpshaw Fen, in Norfolk, where it will also be performed.
This unique site-specific theatre show is the climax of the project, alongside a four-part seasonal radio drama set in a nature reserve for Radio 4’s Song of the Reed. Murmurations is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Arts Council England with support from the National Trust, RSPB and University of East Anglia.