Watchers of the Skies is written and performed by poet-storyteller Carol Florence Graham. It tells the story of Edna Leigh, Carol’s American grandmother, who embarked on a dramatic voyage from New York to Liverpool at the end of World War Two in order to start a new life. Edna lived in Bolton for over forty years and during that time she undertook a very different sort of journey …a journey of the imagination, and one that led deep into the heart of early civilisations and to the discovery of an encyclopaedia of astronomy hidden within Homer’s epic poems. In 1991 her daughter and son-in-law inherited her papers and eventually published two books verifying the discoveries.
The piece is a blend of poetry and poetic prose and spirals around Carol’s childhood memories, details of her grandmother’s life in rural Kansas and the discovery of complex star charts and maps – all interwoven with ancient myth, and references to the work of Homer, Keats and other poets. The music, composed and recorded by Simon McCorry, draws the audience deeper into a remarkable story that spans generations, continents and thousands of years of poetry and astronomy.
The show is approximately one hour long. You can learn more at www.watchersoftheskies.co.uk
Carol grew up in Bolton and now lives in Herefordshire. She has been a professional storyteller and performer for over fifteen years and has worked in a wide variety of formal and informal venues ranging from rural village halls to City Hall in Westminster; from woodlands, parks and gardens to major arts venues such as Compton Verney in Warwickshire and the CBSO Centre in Birmingham. She has performed in theatre spaces across the West Midlands including Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, Ludlow Assembly Rooms, the Courtyard Centre for the Arts in Hereford and the Market Theatre Ledbury.
The performance starts at 7.30pm. Tickets £10 each.
Group bookings 10+ £9.00 (please book through the theatre Box Office) Wheelchair space available (please book through the theatre Box Office).
You can book at Bolton Little Theatre box office in person or by telephone on Monday night from 7.30 to 9pm and Friday mornings from 10.30 to 12 noon – no extra charge if paying by cash or cheque and you can book during the run of the plays or you can book online at boltonlittletheatre.ticketsource.co.uk or through this website using the button above.