Podcast Episode about Martinstown - 6 July 2020
Stories from the Sticks is a brand new podcast featuring tales from rural communities created by Scratchworks Theatre and supported by Arts Council England.
Scratchworks has toured theatre shows to isolated communities across the South West Dorset for many years and the theatre-makers have met many wonderful characters along the way. City-dwellers themselves, Laura, Siân and Alice have always appreciated being welcomed into remote villages to hear stories of love, history, local myth and community spirit.
‘We’ve heard some amazing tales from people in villages across Dorset. Lockdown has turned everything upside down - we can’t perform in these communities right now - so instead we’re providing a platform to share their stories with the wider world.’
Laura Doble, Scratchworks Theatre
The latest episode (Episode 2) features lifelong friends, Fran & Jan from Martinstown, Dorset. This episode is full of songs & original music inspired by socially-distanced singing on the village green. We hear tales of duck races in the river, Fran’s infamous muesli pudding and the time everyone pulled together to rescue a war veteran from the floods. As Scratchworks say: ‘Martinstown is a village with history growing out of its soil and flowing down the river. As idyllic as it sounds, there’s a glimmer of mischief behind its charm.’
The interviews are interwoven with original music by Jack Dean plus narration and singing in Scratchworks’ signature style giving a distinctly theatrical feel to the podcast. The company are also keen to receive creative responses from listeners:
‘We’re hoping these podcasts will inspire others to get creative too. People can send in responses in any format - drawings, photos, music, short films - and we’ll share them on the Scratchworks website.’
The series was created and written by Laura Doble, Alice Higginson-Clarke and Siân Keen of Scratchworks Theatre. Music for the series was created by Jack Dean. The series was edited by Andrew Armfield. The series is supported by Arts Council England.
About Scratchworks Theatre
Scratchworks are a physical ensemble of three women who work collaboratively to create highly visual, playful theatre from scratch. Founded in Exeter in 2013, they share a passion for creating original stories and use a diverse mix of physical movement, puppetry and live music to entertain and inspire our audiences.
Recent touring locations include New Diorama Theatre, Greenwich Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre, PULSE Festival Ipswich, Salisbury Arts Centre, Theatre Royal Bath and VAULT Festival where we received the ‘Festival Spirit Award’ 2017. We have also received an NSDF award for ‘Best Overall Body of Creative Work’ at the Edinburgh Fringe 2013 as well as nominations for the Charlie Hartill award 2016 and the IYAF: Best of Brighton Fringe Theatre Award 2017.