Great to see that this event has been rescheduled — harpist and playwright Rebecca Joy Sharp will be presenting a unique and original new work that was originally devised to accompany Liverpool’s marking of the Titanic centenary and the huge Sea Odyssey event.
Whale Song tells the story of a whale called Lucky, who comes ashore in Liverpool and walks through the city centre in search of lost love. With so many stories stuck in his giant belly, he goes straight to Central Library,where he finds librarian and kindred spirit, Joanne.
A sea story set in a library, a love story cast out to sea, Whale Story is described as “part Jackanory for adults, part illustrated song”, comprising original, live storytelling through narration, live music and visuals — what Sharp promises to be “an immersive and other-worldly experience, offering an alternative view of Liverpool as a city swimming in history and also under seeemingly constant reconstruction, through the eyesof two lost souls from different worlds.”
Whale Song is a multi-media performance, created by Sharp with help from Liverpool artists including music by Mark Magill (SSS), illustrations by Gill Smith, and piano and vocals from Barbieshop’s Annamarie Owen.
The text will be narrated live by Cathy Butterworth, with the original score performed live. The story will be brought to life on stage by projected illustrations.
Sharp is a Liverpool-based writer and musician. In 2010, while artist in residence at METAL Liverpool (Edge Hill Station), she wrote and directed The Ballad of Juniper Davy and Sonny Lumiere, a site-specific performance of live poetry, music and visuals, referencing the history of Edge Hill Station and the industrial revolution. Rebecca has had three other plays professionally produced in Glasgow, Liverpool and New York, and has worked on several combined arts projects. She has also released a solo album of harp and spoken word.
Whale Song was postponed from its original April date, and will now take place at St Bride’s Church on Catherine Street on July 6 from 8pm. Support comes from Ukelele Uff and Lonesome Dave. Tickets are £5 in advance or £6 on the door.