‘Beautiful End’ will be a creative response to the novel of the same title by Westmorland writer Constance Holme who lived and wrote from Milnthorpe and Arnside, Cumbria. The novel, also a one-act play called ‘The Home of Vision’, concerns the life and care of an elderly tenant farmer by his living relatives and is set in and around the Kent Estuary with recognisable locations close Heron Corn Mill, the commissioning organisation behind the project. It provokes and challenges assumptions about old age, home and identity.
I discovered the novel amongst the Heron Corn Mill archives during my year-long residency in 2016. Popular in the 1930s and then forgotten, its concerns seem still relevant today.
Between November 2017 and June 2018 I will be working with musicians Carolyn Francis and creative artist Luke Crookes along with participants interested in developing the pilot project with a view to a larger scale performance event.
The project will involve exploratory workshops by the artists, practical enquiry workshops with participants, a sharing weekend of performance, readings and talks with a photographic exhibition. Taster workshops begin in March 2018. Please see Creative Lab and Diary for details.
Supported by the Hadfield Trust, Westmorland Arts Trust, Granada Foundation and Heron Corn Mill.