Cohere Arts are thrilled to have been awarded a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant to support our Witchfinder performance project. The next stages of the project will invite members of the local community to work alongside professional cast members to make an audio recording of the work at the historic Walpole Old Chapel, near Halesworth, Suffolk.
Key stage 2 children from Holton St Peter Primary School, members of Halesworth community choir The Cut Choir, singers from theatre company Wonderful Beast and visually impaired performers from theatre group Unscene Suffolk will unite to form an intergenerational community chorus for Witchfinder. The groups have begun weekly workshops to prepare for the recording.
Once complete, the recorded performance will be shared in ‘silent-disco’ style covid-safe events at Ipswich Museum’s Christchurch Mansion and Suffolk Archives’ The Hold later this summer, and will also be made available online for audiences to enjoy. As well as the recording, we will be creating a range of digital educational resources about Suffolk’s witch finding history that can be used in schools.