O N T H E E V E N I N G O F 5 t h F E B R U A R Y 2 0 0 4 , Thomas arrives at Dorothy’s B&B after four years of travelling and is wondering what kind of a life he can establish for himself now that he is home. Dorothy has felt unable to leave her hometown since the death of her parents having taken responsibility of their B&B.
The Morecambe Bay Estuary is the most important intertidal area in Britain. It is one of the three main winter feeding sites for thousands of winter wading birds including the Red Knot and is notorious for its dangerous inrushing tide. That night, a group of working Chinese migrants were cut off by the tides leading to the loss of at least 21 lives.
Set at the time of the tragedy, the piece explores how closely lives in transit share time and environment, and how people navigate between loss and hope.
A NOTE ABOUT THE PROJECT
The project was developed by Wendy Gadian and Adam Gorb and is sponsored by CETT at CSSD and CETL at RNCM. This marks the first collaboration between Central School of Speech and Drama (CSSD), Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM), Manchester Writing School at MMU and the Man- chester Chinese Centre (MCC).
The premiere took place at 7:30 pm on May 12th, the Lord Rhodes Room at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester as the second part of the 2010 Rosamond Prize Annual Competition. Eileen Pun and Steven Jackson were the 2009 prize-winners for best collaborative piece of poetry and composition. The Red Knot combines Western and traditional Chinese instruments and choreography and will be performed by BA students of CSSD and RNCM, along with two members of the Manchester Chinese Centre.
One silent morning I leave my home in Fujian.
Fujian is one-part farmland, eight-parts mountain.
The rugged Wuyi to the East China Sea.
My wife pours flower tea.
I will go westward seeking my fortune through Tibet and Kazahkstan.
Don’t take what you’ve heard about fortune too seriously…
I will slip through Moscow, Belgrade, and Calais – adrift half a year.
I will mount a long wind. I can change nothing if I stay here.
- Posted by Eileen Pun
- On June 18, 2016
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