In a city high-rise flat, a young girl struggles with isolation, home schooling, and Covid-19 restrictions. Urban life without all its distractions is a dreary existence. With the pressures building on the lockdown family, tension erupts into a huge row. That night the girl’s longing for escape draws her into a vivid dream in which she finds herself almost a thousand years in the past, at the centre of a vast, ancient forest. There, in the heart of Sherwood, she learns to fight alongside the greatest English hero of all in his quest to defeat a cruel overlord and win the silver arrow.
Claybody Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent brought this extended sung-through version of our 2020 choral piece, Greenwood Dreams, to live audiences in June 2021. Their first live performances since Autumn 2019, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mary played modern cello, Renaissance viol and tenor crumhorn in this production.
The project was funded by The Arts Council England, and this clip of a song for choir and cello was taken from the video recorded for ACE. Many thanks to Ashley Thompson (composer/musical director) for allowing me to use it.