Nell Leyshon’s Olivier Award-nominated play about folk songs is inspired by a true story.
Set in 1903, Somerset, Louie Hooper is a middle-aged woman who knows over 300 folk songs thanks to her mother. The drama follows an encounter between Louie Hooper and Cecil Sharp, a folk music collector who fears that England's folk songs will be lost forever.
Inspired by true events, the folk drama is written by British playwright and writer Nell Leyshon.
Nominated for the 2022 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre.
In this stiff production by Roxana Silbert, Nell Leyshon’s “play with songs” about the history of English folk music addresses interesting questions about who owns a nation’s culture with clunking obviousness.
...Leyshon explores questions around the archiving and ownership of an oral tradition, capturing all the nuance in the debate, from whether it needs preserving in this formal way to if it can remain authentic in that process.
Described as a play with songs, the text is littered with folk music favourites and bursts off the stage with an autumnal accompaniment of fresh morning breeze and birdsong designed by Tingying Dong.