Two shows in one to entertain
AUNIQUE theatrical experience is coming to the town for one night only.
FERAL is the brainchild of performance artist and director Sonya Moorhead and is inspired by her own personal attempt to escape the suffocation of domesticity by hitchhiking to Oban to track down 60s ‘folk legend’ Anne Briggs.
The show, directed by award-winning Debs Newbold, will come to Touchstones in Rochdale on Friday, November 9.
FERAL’s unique format means audiences will be treated to two shows in one, an intimate storytelling performance featuring a few of Sonya’s party tricks followed by a live gig by The Greyhounds, a folk band which puts a new twist on traditional narrative folk songs.
It features John Ellis on piano, Sarah Dale on cello and Ian Fletcher on guitar, bringing an unexpected texture to the iconic ballads Anne Briggs famously revived.
Originally from Northern Ireland and now based in the North West, FERAL is Sonya’s first indoor show for more than 15 years.
She said: “Touchstones is such a special venue and I can’t wait to bring FERAL to Rochdale.
“This is one of the most personal shows I’ve ever done, exploring everything from my relation- ship with folk music to my own mental battles as a woman connecting to my own ‘wildness’.
“The songs of Anne Briggs have been a thread running through my adult life and they run through FERAL in much the same way. I love the stories she tells through her songs and the fact that the female characters often come out on top.
“Our aim is to create a really thought-provoking and entertaining night out, much like the good old days of 60s folk clubs.”
Folk band, The Greyhounds will play a one hour set to close the show, and their FERAL EP comes out to coincide with this tour.
Sonya said: “As well as our original material, many of the songs we perform are very traditional folk ballads but these arrangements give them a unique and unexpected feel.
“John, Sarah and Ian are incredible musicians who have performed all over the world and I can promise that Rochdale audiences are in for a real treat in November.
“Please do buy a ticket and support the show if you can.”
Tickets are £6 and are available at https://link 4life.org/ or by calling the box office on 01706 924928.
The cast of FERAL The Greyhounds, top, and Sonya Moorhead, above