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“What makes a river special is what happens on it, along it and in it”


15th October 2022, Lancaster

Beside the River Lune lies textile maps The Thames, The Volga and The Lune. Through the day there will be guided tours of both The Lune and The Thames maps with an audio tour available of The Volga.

The Lune
Written by Clare Dean
Performed by Orla Cottingham
Map by Sewing Cafe
Directed by James Yarker
Commissioned by Lancaster Arts

Free to attend and no need to book.

Nothing could be simpler. We survey rivers, noting down the positions of all bridges, dams, major settlements and confluences along their lengths, then commission textile artists to turn this data ribbon maps.

To compliment these maps we commission guided tours. Some start at the river’s source, others at the river’s mouth. They cover thousands of years of history, beautiful natural history, famous sights and fascinating facts.

The tours are performed in an engaging, friendly style,, with wit and energy to a live audience.

The Rivers Library

My friends … absolutely loved it, had lots of thoughts on what rivers to do next and insisted we invite them to whatever your next show is.

Karen S

Tour Dates

  • 15th October 2022:
    The Lune, Lancaster
  • 11th September 2021:
    Cotteridge Park, Birmingham

Credits

The Lune
Written by Clare Dean
Performed by Orla Cottingham
Map by Sewing Cafe
Directed by James Yarker
Commissioned by Lancaster Arts

The Thames
Written and performed by Craig Stephens
Map by Vicky Roden
Directed by James Yarker

The Volga
Written by James Yarker
Performed by Elexi Walker
Map by Vicky Roden
Directed by James Yarker

Stage Manager – Emily Davies
Photographer – Jaskirt Boora
Executive Producer – Roisin Caffrey
Administrator – Lucy Bird

With thanks to:
The Friends of Cotteridge Park
Raddlebarn Primary School
Gilda Almeida & Alicia Adams at The John F Kennedy Center, Washington D.C.

“Craig’s storytelling was impeccable”

Mark C

Wonderful afternoon @CotteridgePark watching @stanscafe tell the story of the Thames and the Volga. Inspirational peformances ful of charm and humour , brilliant, mind expanding writing and stunning needlework.

Liz C – Twitter

Went down the Volga with @stanscafe … a perfect way to spend a Saturday, art, a lovely audience and a wonderful performance from Elexi.

Lara R – Twitter