This has been an exciting new project for 2014.
Ocean World, by Peter Rose and Anne Conlon, is a series of 24 songs interspersed with narration. It follows a humpback whale as she journeys from the warm southern coral reefs, where her calf is born, to the northern feeding grounds. The mother whale guides us through her magical world. Along the way she meets other creatures in the sea and encounters man-made obstacles that become increasingly difficult to overcome. Ultimately the musical calls for better care of our planet’s oceans and seas and to live in harmony with all the life that lives in it.
This musical work was commissioned by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature UK’s education department. Peter Rose and Anne Conlon previously collaborated on Yanomamo, a plea to protect the world’s rainforests, and African Jigsaw, about the problems encountered when rural Africans move into urban areas, for the WWF. Ocean World was first performed in September 1990, by pupils of St Augustine’s R.C. High School, Billington, Lancashire. It also featured in Channel 4’s Fragile Earth series and was narrated by Sir David Attenborough.
Our performances of Ocean World took place over three nights, 13-15 November 2014, in Stithians Church, starting at 7pm. It was a community project involving individuals and groups from the village in this moving entertainment spectacle.
We are delighted to have received funding from FEAST to help with putting on the production. FEAST is a programme to make great art happen across Cornwall. FEAST harnesses the talents and energy of Cornwall’s artists and communities, generating new opportunities for everyone to enjoy the arts. The focus is on bringing people together to share experiences as audiences or participants, and on animating local celebrations and cultural life. Investment in FEAST comes from Arts Council England and Cornwall Council. The programme is managed by Cornwall Arts Centre Trust.