The Savage (2010)
Based on the novel by - David Almond
Adaptation devised by composer Harvey Brough
Musical Director Harvey Brough
Writer - Jenifer Toksvig
Director - Leah Hausman
Designer - Rachel Bamford
Assistant Director - Paul Blinkhorn
Imagine you wrote a story and that story came true. This is exactly what happens to Blue Baker when he writes about a savage living alone in the woods near his home. After his dad’s death, Blue finds comfort in dreaming of a wild kid who survives on a diet of berries and the occasional hapless passer-by. But when the savage pays a night-time visit to the local bully, boundaries become blurred and Blue begins to wonder where he ends and the savage begins.
This amazing graphic novel will be our starting point for exploring how storytelling works, and how myths are made. We’ll be devising this work together, with a strong focus on dance and choral singing and searching for the Savage in all of us. We’ll be working in a beautiful location in Cumbria, the place where Charlotte Bronte went to school, and the final performances will be site-specific, which means we’ll be using strange and unusual performance spaces, possibly including the local churchyard and Charlotte’s old school room. In time we hope to develop something which could be performed at festivals and site specific venues anywhere in the country.
Cambria Baily- Jones
David O' Grady
Isobel Taylor- Herbert
Danielle Audley- Wiltshier