Two shows in one to en­ter­tain

Rochdale Observer - - MEMORY WALK - Stefan.jajecznyk@reach­plc.com @sja­jecznyk

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 re­la­tion­ship 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

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