HerStory: The Catchpole Chronicles

Series: Residencies

Tags: Creating new opera, health and wellbeing, Opera, Parkinson's, Residencies

HerStory: The Catchpole Chronicles is a unique performance project that celebrates and showcases the creative talents of people living with Parkinson’s.

Supported by Arts Council England and Snape Maltings, HerStory began as a research and development residency held in Jan 2018 at Snape Malting’s Creative Campus. During the residency, artists Amy Mallett, Danielle Teale, Sarah Lewis & Nicola Wydenbach formed a new collective; CARVE coLAB, with a shared vision for developing inspiring artistic opportunities for people living with Parkinson’s.

“We want to show the world what people with Parkinson’s can do!”

- company member

Devised in collaboration with the company, HerStory is an operatic performance work combining dance, music, film and animation, celebrating the exploits of a local Suffolk heroine, Margaret Catchpole.

The company’s goal is to stage performances of the finished work in Suffolk and London, with a cast including members of the Parkinson’s communities from each location.

The next stage of the residency will see CARVE working with community participants to develop material for the performance in a series of workshops throughout July and August 2019, culminating in a scratch performance at Snape Maltings’ Peter Pears Recital Room at 3pm on August 20th.

You can read more about CARVE coLAB here.