Photos by Paul Blakemore and rehearsals photos by James Kent
WULF is a performance adaption of an Anglo-Saxon poem with movement, bilingual dialogue, original music and projection. The performance will be a radical feminist adaption of the crucial but overlooked Anglo-Saxon poem ‘Wulf and Eadwacer’, one of only two in the language written from a female perspective. WULF works to reclaim this ancient text, embedded in the South West and its landscape, to share the history of the female voice in ancient myths. Fen are currently developing the project for found spaces, transposing sonic and visual textures to reconstruct the Somerset marshlands.
WULF has had two weeks of research and development supported by Bristol Ferment and using public funding from Arts Council England.
Text from WULF was recently published in Penguin Modern Poets 7 and Reliquiae Vol.5
Director Maisie Newman
Composer/ Writer Rowan Evans
Associate Artist/ Script Supervisor Celine Lowenthal
Projection Artist Jack Offord
Designer Hannah Wolfe
Producer Christabel Holmes
For more information on the project please contact us via our email.
Wulf is on iege, ic on oþerre.
Fæst is þæt eglond, fenne biworpen.
Sindon wælreowe weras þær on ige;
willað hy hine aþecgan gif he on þreat cymeð.
Ungelice is us. [...]
Wulf is on one island, I on another.
That island is secure, surrounded by fen.
There are bloodthirsty men on the island.
They will consume him if he comes into their troop.
It is different with us. [...]
[from ‘Wulf and Eadwacer’ in The Exeter Book,
Exeter Cathedral Library MS 3501]
Fen field recording in the Somerset Levels for 'WULF', photography by Jack Offord and Maisie Newman.