The Tears of Jenny Greenteeth
A New folk ballet presented by Deborah Norris’s Ballet Folk and the music/spoken word trio Words of a Fiddlers Daughter will premiere this Summer.
JULY 29 CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL INFO AND TICKETS
AUGUST 10 SUMMER BY THE RIVER INFO AND TICKETS
AUGUST 20 PURBECK VALLEY FOLK FESTIVAL INFO AND TICKETS
This is an adaptation of the traditional folk tale Jenny Greenteeth, weaving poetic storytelling, improvised music and contemporary ballet into an immersive piece of theatre to transport audiences to the valley of Greenwater in order to witness the unfolding of a dark yet triumphant story – The Tears of Jenny Greenteeth.
The story was written by poet Jessie Summerhayes in collaboration with musicians Adam Summerhayes and Murray Grainger, and director/choreographer Debbie Norris.
This is a tale from a time younger than ours, where love and forgiveness overcome fear, sadness and greed. A tale where nature triumphs over the poison of industry. A Miller’s daughter is swept away in the mill race, her parents left transformed by grief. The people of Greenwater live in fear as their children disappear – suspecting that they are being taken and drowned by the Miller – Jenny – whilst her devastated husband creates an industrial complex and an army of workers, his skills as a magical toymaker transformed to pursue wealth. Many in the town benefit from the riches, but the society becomes more and more divided – a social wasteland begins to mirror the industrial one. An unexpected return precipitates change – but it is a race between disaster and redemption.
Fable: Jessie Summerhayes
Jenny Greenbough: Emily Gunn (Cambridge Folk Festival)
Anna Daly (Summer by the River / Purbeck Folk Festival)
Logan Greenbough: Harry Wilson
Bryony Greenbough: Anna Smith
Wraiths / Townsfolk: Tanisha Addicott / Elaini Lalousis / Hannah Joseph
Violin: Adam Summerhayes
Accordian: Murray Grainger
Director / Choreographer Deborah Norris
Producer(s) Katie Whitehouse (From the Whitehouse) Deborah Norris (Ballet Folk)
Co-choreographers: Emily Gunn / Anna Daly / Harry Wilson / Anna Smith / Elaini Lalousis / Hannah Joseph / Tanisha Addicot
Composers: Adam Summerhayes / Murray Grainger
Poetry / Narrative: Jessie Summerhayes
Set Design / Production: Jez Ward
Costume Design/Production: Gillian Norris
Photography: Jez Ward