Beautiful End Sharing Day

Beautiful End Sharing/Performance day

26 May 2018 Heron Corn Mill Free


Time : 1.00 pm
Address : Mill Lane, Beetham Milnthorpe, Cumbria,
Zip : LA7 7PQ
Phone : 01539 564271
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Theatre-maker Carran Waterfield, fiddle player Carolyn Francis and bassoonist Luke Crookes will share their most recent developmental work on the Beautiful End project, which explores the themes of the 1918 novel by local writer Constance Holme. Whilst the novel is a century old, the story still resonates today.  It concerns the care of an elderly tenant farmer faced with eviction and caught between two homes – his former beloved marshland home, and a lowly cottage located within Milnthorpe itself.

As part of their research and in response to the text of Beautiful End, the artists and a local photographer have worked with two partners: Stonecross Care Home in Kendal and Wings Residential School in Whassett. 
The afternoon will include talks, live performance, screenings and discussion. It will finish by 4pm. 
All welcome. This is a pay what you can performance – there is no cost for this event.
Freshly-made scones and refreshments will be available.
Supported by Westmorland Arts, The Granada Foundation & The Hadfield Trust
Additional Background Information:
Written in 1918 by Milnthorpe writer Constance Holme, the novel BEAUTIFUL END is set in what is now the Arnside and Silverdale AONB, and deals with rural society undergoing processes of change (especially in the expectations of women) it also deals with issues of ageing, elder abuse, class, isolation, family relationships, and the overriding notion of ‘home’. Was Dorothy right? Is there really no place like it? And once you have left, can you ever really return? Kit, the main character in Beautiful End, found no solace in ‘going home’.
Constance Holme was an English writer and playwright. She was born in Milnthorpe, Westmorland (now in Cumbria), and was the youngest of fourteen children. Her novels are set in the old county of Westmorland, where she lived most of her life. Many of Holme’s works explore class relationships; and tend to focus on the relationships between landowners, tenant farmers and land agents (Holme’s father was a land agent on the Dallam Estate in Milnthorpe.