Featuring an enormous goldfinch nest auditorium, ancient spells wrapped around gnarled trees and undiscovered woodland language, the outdoor theatre production of Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris’ magical nature book, The Lost Words, has added an extra date to its Heaton Park run on Sun 2 Oct.

Starring the voices of North West icons Maxine Peake (Silk, Dinnerladies) and Julie Hesmondhalgh (Coronation Street), The Lost Words: Told in Gold utilises 3D installations and audience interaction to uncover the forgotten words of the natural world in a spellbinding performance across a domed woodland trail.

Led by a six-foot-four ‘RAF heron’ (Pete Williamson), a folk-singing barn owl (Julie Power) and a breakdancing raven (Khagen Douglas), the family show brings The Lost Words to life through dance, recital and song sound-tracked by music from the Spell Songs album, created by ‘some of the UK’s most renowned folk music talents’ interpreting Robert Macfarlane’s stirring work.

As Macfarlane writes: “We’ve got more than 50% of species in decline. And names, good names, well used can help us see, and they help us care. We find it hard to love what we cannot give a name to. And what we do not love, we will not save.”

For more information and tickets to the show, which takes place at 12pm, 2pm and 5pm, click here.



Mon 26 Sep - Sun 2 Oct, Heaton Park,
Sheepfoot Lane Car Park Entrance, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 2SW
, £12-£15
Wolf McFarlane
Published on:
Thu 29 Sep 2022