Jan Blake was commissioned, along with musicians Raymond Sereba and Kouame Sereba to create this piece by Festival at the Edge Storytelling Festival.
This annual storytelling festival commissions a new piece each year. The first performance took place in the Shropshire setting of the Festival in 2009. What many didn’t know was that Raymond Sereba was extremely ill with kidney failure at the time and was having mobile dialysis in between performances. In fact, the first rehearsal of the show took place by his hospital bed in Norway and he credits his recovery not only to a kidney transplant, but to the transformative experience of working on the show.
Adverse Camber producer Naomi Wilds was in the audience at Festival at the Edge‘s premiere performance and shortly afterwards began a conversation with the artists about a potential collaboration to tour the piece. Working through a partnership between Adverse Camber and Jan Blake’s company The Akua Storytelling Project, funds were raised for a creative development process which included working closely with designer Matt Edwards, a longtime Jan Blake creative partner, to devise an appropriate set and clothing for the tour. Artistic Advisor Harmage Singh Kalirai facilitated the process of working on the piece, bringing lighting designer Stuart Walton into the team.
Following set building in Harrogate, and clothing fittings in London, rehearsals took place at The Albany and mac birmingham ahead of two national tours of English and Welsh venues in 2013.