Poetry Walk !
Bridlington Poetry Festival 2011
One of our very first commissions was from John Wedgwood-Clarke at the Bridlington Poetry Festival. Held yearly at Sewerby Hall & Gardens, the festival had a loyal but niche audience and John was keen to attract a wider audience over the festival weekend – including families. Having programmed Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy for readings, John was keen to expose more families to her work – could we help?
What We Did
We created our first Rusticus Adventure – then called ‘Wacky Walks’ which took audiences on a journey around the outside spaces of Sewerby and which celebrated different ‘right ways’ to create poetry – a passion for meter brought to life through running, for experimentation through science experiment and for juxtaposition through poetry golf and the smashing of a lot of apples! The adventure culminated in the creating of our own poetry which we offered to the sea on the Sewerby cliff tops attached to our giant withy bottle.
The success of the event led to further outreach work for the festival, delivering the adventure to invited school parties over the following weeks. It also led to an enduring relationship with the management team at Sewerby Hall – who had looked out of the windows and wondered “what that crazy lady was doing!!”
“I have to say we have had some fantastic feedback so far and I was over the moon when we sold out of the tickets by Thursday morning. We had to turn quite a few people away for Halloween itself – but a good problem to have!”
Want this for your event?
If you would like us to deliver this sort of performance at your venue, get in touch.