Midwinter Dreaming – DVD

Midwinter Dreaming

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Midwinter Dreaming has been captured for posterity.

Banjo Films have done wonders filming the Play for Candlemas in the February darkness.

The DVDs have virtually sold out

BUT a very few are left in stock.

Do order a copy to re-experience the magic of the performances.

Only £12.50 + £1.50 P&P

Cheques please ifo BACAT, to Christopher Meynell at BA Hall, Norwich, Norfolk NR15 1AX

Have a look at the Youtube Trailer here.

‘…. the play’s the thing’

The mechanistic world of twenty first century Britain where we shape our environment to suit us is superimposed on a far, far older layer of being. Now and again a wild and wet winter and even the turbulent world itself cuts us down to size and we wake up to older rhythms of season and time. We live in a richly layered island, an ancient kingdom marinated in ritual and rhyme, song and story which wind the clock of the year. In 2012 we were host to the Olympic Games and the Opening Ceremony, ‘Isles of Wonder’ tapped into this rich seam and in 2016 we did the same with ‘Midwinter Dreaming’.
Over the last twenty or so years ‘Bergh Apton’ has become a brand, a brand associated with innovation, with events that inspire, interest and intrigue. We never set out to decide what to do next we wait for an idea to hatch in our imaginations and so with ‘Midwinter Dreaming.
It was deliberately entirely different to our last production, the Cycle of Mystery Plays, it would be staged in winter not summer, it would take place in one site and it was to be an experience as well. ‘So along comes BACAT with an event rooted in the year’s cycle, with an eye to the past but not thoughtlessly re-enacting it, instead creatively reinventing, a new thing in fact that had a community life spanning half a year with scores of people happily and creatively involved and whose actual telling covered all these wonderful performance areas, costume, decoration, sculpture and light, a moving and involved audience, taste, fire, a surrounding sound and music, song, story, the spectacle of performance, humour and of course the underlying reality of the dark, the night, the cold and the enduring building itself.’
The call went to the Tribes of Ton and not only they but those of our closely related Tribes of Ham and Land responded and Tribes from far flung regions, the Nordovicians, Becclodians and Bungavians, a wide community has been created. It says much for us that the three professionals, well known nationally and internationally, were very willing to join in and work with us.
The play was written in discussions and writing sessions with Hugh Lupton, Mary Lovett created sublime music and singing with our musicians and singers and Charlotte Arculus taught us so much, she took a young idea, turned it inside out, shook it about and, between the three of them and us, we wove a magic, one little idea became a wonder to all who took part and who came to see it. It was not only us humans who created the magic but the time of the year, the season of Candlemas, halfway between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox and the ancient church itself, assured and reassuring.
‘…..so many people involved in so many different areas but all willingly going the same way. And it achieved what it set out to do, it marked the division of the winter from the days we inhabit now and it brought to life all those characters….the Wren Boys, the Bee-keeper, we could see and know Hugh’s mummers as individuals. Next winter I think we will miss not having it.’ The village website gives a selection of other comments from our audiences.
All those involved will be far too modest to acknowledge the huge amount of time and interest they gave so I have tried to blow the trumpet for them, they were wonderful.
A special mention to Chris Ellis, our new Rector. He arrived in an unknown parish to find a group of people he did not know had plans for an event he knew little about in the church. He was good humoured and allowed us more or less carte blanche to use the church as we needed, I take my hat off to him.
What’s next?

The answer is blowin’ in the wind.

Pat Mlejnecky

Midwinter Dreaming – A Play For Candlemas 2016

Shadows, Silences, Songs, Sights, Flickering Lights, Fleeting Figures, Laughter & Ancient Stories Woven
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TICKETS

Please note that tickets are sold out for all three performances. The waiting list for returns has also been closed.

ALL TICKET HOLDERS

Please note that you should park at Bergh Apton Village Hall.
Our main car park is waterlogged, and so we have had to change plans.
You will be collected and bussed to the Church.
Please have your Ticket confirmation to show Reception.

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The Bramerton Group of Villages is at it again!!

Having created such a stir in 2014 with their Mystery Play Cycle, the call went out again. Nothing could hold back these intrepid inhabitants of Kirby Bedon, Surlingham, Framingham Pigot, Rockland, Ashby and of course, The Tribes of Ton – Alpington, Yelverton, Bergh Apton, Thurton, Bramerton, Hellington, Carleton & Claxton. The call was answered. Some forty people are involved in script writing, acting, singing, music making, rude mechanicallising, creating props and costumes and general dogsbodying.

So DO come to see what they have all been working at – for your enjoyment.

Darkness is dispersed. Light takes over. The sounds of summer in winter’s depths. Ancient tales, woven together produce an enchanting evening. A band of motley clothed players. Mediaeval rhymes spun into musical cloth. Scarcely visible musicians. A hive of activity.

All this with Wassailing and Cutty Wren hunting and, of course, the unexpected. All to celebrate the coming of the Light and Candlemas. This is Midwinter Dreaming.

Along the way we have been helped by a significant contribution from the international writer and story-teller, Hugh Lupton. And for the performance, Charlotte Arculus, the Director and Mary Lovett, Musical Director have added innovation, drama and song transforming the play into an atmospheric experience. Candlemas is a Festival of Light. The Light of the World has arrived and Spring is around the corner as the Sun brings much needed warmth.

There are three performances of Midwinter Dreaming.

The audience is asked to arrive at 6.30pm to drink Wassail to the performance, refresh and warm themselves before joining a Lantern led procession to Bergh Apton church, darkened, for the mysteries to unfold.

This is a Bergh Apton Community Arts Production. This production would not have been possible without BACAT’s support.

It will be a special experience.
It will carry everyone from deepest, darkest, coldest winter towards the delights of spring and summer, picking up where the Christmas Story might have gone and taking us all into the Light.

Performances take place on January 24th & 30th & February 6th.

For more information please send an email to:
midwinterdreaming@yahoo.co.uk

REHEARSALS

Singing Rehearsals

Acting Rehearsals

WORKSHOPS FOR THIS PLAY:

1) Making stars from reeds- 14 November 2015

2) Lantern Making Workshop – 10 October 2015

3) Making Candlesticks Workshop – 21 November 2015

CALLING THE TRIBES OF TON

Those of you who took part in the Cycle of Mystery Plays will know that after the last performance there was a great swell of enthusiasm, energy and excitement (and exhaustion) and the cry of everyone’s lips was,’ What do we do next?’ Those who came to see the plays from far and near plead to be kept in touch about our next event. Plans are already afoot! A play but quite different to the Mystery Plays. There will be two evening performances in Bergh Apton Church on Saturday 30 January and Saturday 6 February 2016. There will be a meeting in Bergh Apton Village Hall on Tuesday 28 April at 7.30 so come and hear all about it and bring your friends and relations. Here’s looking forward to a gathering of the tribes.

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A LANTERN MAKING WORKSHOP with Kate Monro

BERGH APTON COMMUNITY ARTS TRUST

LANTERN MAKING WORKSHOP with KATE MUNRO
SATURDAY 18 OCTOBER

As a visitor to the village I was interested to attend the willow lantern making day at the Hall as I don’t have classes like this at home. Kate showed us two shapes of a fish and an old fashioned lantern that looked complicated but with great patience she encouraged us to bend and fastened the dampened willow from the Somerset levels and then coated it with tissue paper. I was surprised that it is weather proof so with two candles lit inside, I have a pretty acceptable lantern to take back home to embellish for use at Christmas.

Annie Ball

The workshop with Kate was such a success! Amazing lanterns were created with a willow framework and covered with strong tissue paper. Everyone, after initial guidance, went their own way to make very imaginative shapes to later insert lights, either LED or candles. It was incredible how different and imaginative they were and Kate certainly enthused us all to the extent of decorating them too. The thought of carrying on making more when back home was very much in most of our minds.

Janice Burgoyne

Having lived for many years with acres of osier beds beyond the dyke at the bottom of the garden it was intriguing and really enjoyable to venture into the creative world of willow. Kate Munro, our tutor for the day, greeted us apprentices to the possibilities of using willow. After a briefing of what we could do we were encouraged to explore our own ideas and achieve our ambitions. It was a rewarding session and stimulated ideas for many future projects. Many thanks to both Kate Munro and Pat Mlejnecky for a very worthwhile and enjoyable day.

Steve Oatley

Mystery Play Second Performance


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The First Performance

Photos from the first performance.

Dress Rehearsal

Dress Rehearsal – 17th May