There are only a handful of chances left to catch a special outdoor adaptation of the best-selling children’s book, The Lost Words.

Set in the stunning grounds of Bolton School, the immersive take on the hit story features stunning 3D installations and an impressive goldfinch nest auditorium, all set in a giant ten-metre dome across a woodland trail.

During the production, audience members are encouraged to seek, find and speak the lost words of nature in the unique surroundings.

The production is adapted from Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris’ book, The Lost Words and is directed by Collette Murray. The spoken word recordings are from some of the North’s best-loved voices, including Julie Hesmondhalgh and Maxine Peake.

This family-friendly show is performed by UnderSong Productions and led by three actors, a six-foot-four RAF heron (Pete Williamson), a folk-singing barn owl (Julie Power) and a breakdancing raven (Khagen Douglas) who bring Macfarlane’s words to life through song, dance and performance. Some of Bolton’s young artists have also been involved — building a willow archway and creating props for the set design — and Jackie Morris’s original illustrations inspire the artwork.

The soundtrack features music from the Spell Songs album, created by some of the UK’s most renowned folk music talents interpreting Robert Macfarlane’s words.

The final performances will take place on Thu 21 Jul at 4pm and 6.30pm, and then again on Fri 22 Jul at 4pm and 6.30pm.

Thu 21 Jul - Fri 22 Jul, Bolton School,
Chorley New Rd, Bolton BL1 4PA
Bradley Lengden
Published on:
Thu 21 Jul 2022