We are making a piece about forests.
Our relationship with the natural world is at crisis point.
How can theatre change the way we feel so that we can change the way we behave?
What we are making
Forests is an invitation to come to an edge, to cross a boundary, to leave something behind and enter the trees.
Stories weave together, arguments and ideas form, questioning how we listen and how we connect to ourselves, our lives and the worlds around us.
Inspired by conversations with environmentalists, travellers, woodsmen and spiritual leaders, Forests combines meticulous research with visceral physicality and polyphonic singing to create a unique story, taking the audience on a deep and poetic meeting with the forest.
Play a part in our future
Òran Theatre is a laboratory theatre community dedicated to the artistic investigation of the human spirit and our connection with the natural world.
Based in the south-west of England, we are a cross-disciplinary, training-based company influenced by eastern European laboratory process, forged in community and emphasising sustained body and vocal training to enrich our work.
For 2 years we have been investigating the question of our relationship to forests. Exploring the natural environment of the Forest of Dean we have been working, sweating, walking, singing, researching, cooking and living together to question the ecology of making theatre and how to make work that goes beyond the human. We have talked to specialists, ecologists, gardeners, scientists, conservationists. As part of Òran Work Centre we have begun to run workshops in artistic collaboration and creativity. And now we want to share the work with the rural communities of south-west England to widen the conversation about art and ecology.
Your donations will bring new work to new audiences.
Selected to be a part of Theatre Fest West, a major arts festival in the south-west of England, we will share Forests in Spring 2019 at The Pound Arts, Salisbury Arts Centre and The Grange Village, enabling us to share our process and share a series of performances, workshops and talks with audiences and makers in the area.
Making work and getting it to audiences is expensive.
We need your help to get it to the people.
You can directly contribute to the artistic eco-system of this country.