The Dead Moon - A Smuggler's Tale

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27June – 3 July 2008

The tour played in:

The Museum of East Anglian Life
The New Cut, Halesworth,
The Little Theatre, Sheringham
The Pump House, Aldeburgh
Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge
The Quay Theatre, Sudbury.

The Dead Moon is a show for all ages over eight years old, and is Wonderful Beast’s most inclusive and community based production to date, with East Anglian step dancers and traditional singers joining in the performances and with the audience singing in the sea shanties. It is a powerful human story set in Suffolk about a family caught up in the temptations and dangers of smuggling, in the days when everyone, from parson to poacher was involved, and where being caught meant the death penalty or transportation. Threaded through and illuminating the drama is the mysterious and evocative folk tale The Dead Moon told by old Bessie, Catchpole, once a notorious smuggler and still causing trouble.

Steeped in atmosphere this forgotten world of superstition and folklore is brought to life through drama, songs, shadow play and storytelling. With her extraordinary vocal effects and instrumental sounds Sylvia Hallett provides traditional and new music evoking the sea, the marshes and those terrifying bogles and boggarts who threaten anyone who dare venture out at night.