WYE, OH! WYE
A MOST THEATRICAL AND MUSICAL COMMUNITY CELEBRATION OF THE FAMOUS WYE TOUR
Performances 8th & 9th June, rehearsal weekend 18th & 19th May, workshops from 20th April
Get involved in a voyage of discovery and participate in performance
and celebrate in song the wonders of the Wye….
You are invited to join with Chepstow Museum & OperaPlayhouse in creating a community musical theatrical production about the Wye Tour.
The lower Wye Valley is acclaimed the birthplace of Tourism, and the Wye Tour, the two day boat trip from Ross to Monmouth and Monmouth to Chepstow, the first ‘package tour’. With its itinerary, packed lunches and local guides to the ruined castles, abbey and dramatic scenic viewpoints, the river Tour became popular with the leisured and moneyed classes from the 1770s to the 1830s. Entranced by the landscape views that changed with every turn in the river like changing scenery in the theatre they could practise the new way of appreciating landscape as if they were artists composing a picture in a frame. Better still they could capture it in a sketch, or write notes for the journal that they would produce to show their friends when they got home….
Many words were written and drawings made of the places they passed down the Wye. What did they say about where you live?
The show will use the words written by the tourists, as well as poets great and not so well known who came here, mixed with music of the period. Professionals will perform with amateurs and anyone who wants to join in is welcome. Over a weekend of the 8th & 9th June the show will replicate the Wye Tour, beginning in Ross on Saturday morning stopping at Goodrich and Symonds Yat during the day performing a piece appropriate to each place. During the day on Sunday there will be similar stops notably at Tintern the highlight of the tour. On Saturday night at the Savoy Theatre in Monmouth, and on Sunday night at the Drill Hall in Chepstow the full show of the two day tour will be enacted.
Participants are not being asked to give up a huge amount of time but an intensive commitment. Apart from the show weekend they will need to commit to a weekend of rehearsals on the 18th & 19th May.
In advance of this, Karl Daymond of OperaPlayhouse will be running a series of workshops in the towns and some of the villages between Ross and Chepstow.
Workshops will take place on:
Saturday 20th April 10am -1pm, Savoy Theatre Monmouth
Friday 26th April 7.30-9.30pm, Mackenzie Hall, Brockweir
Friday May 10th 7.30-9.30pm Goodrich Village Hall
Anyone interested can come along to one of the venues, but please also register your interest and which workshop you would like to come to at: firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 07968 950221
This community production venture is part of Chepstow Museum ’s Heritage Lottery Fund Collecting Cultures Project on the Wye Tour.