The latest production from writer, Richard Crowe, and Over the Wall Productions is a celebration of survival and life.
It brings together Ben Sutcliffe and Zaid Al-Rikabi, of the Peoples' String Foundation, with Latvian artist, Hardy Gru, Director, Ged Stephenson, and a cast of talented actors to tell the story of The Owl Man.
This collaborative piece of theatre is based on the true stories of two Walters: Walter Strachan, a teacher, poet and art historian, and Walter Spitzer, a holocaust survivor and, through his art, a leading witness to its horrors.
The story is told through the eyes of Strachan’s young pupil. A staircase hung with images of owls transports him to another time - a world where mankind is divided and brutalised by war - and inspires him to investigate the tale of two men brought together by their common humanity and passion for art.
The relationships the boy makes now - with his teacher, with art, with artists - and the values he learns, will inspire him for a lifetime…
We are exploring ways of bringing together theatre, music and imagery to reflect the different languages that would be used across this piece (English, French, German, Polish, Yiddish), and create a sort of synaesthesia with words evoking images, evoking sounds – a single touch of a picture transporting us through time and space to a different scene entirely.
We received funding from the Arts Council for preliminary work on the piece, we are now trying to raise funds to go into full production so that we can tour the work across the UK and Europe. We believe that this is a story that needs to be told!