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In Our Bones

For most of us, there is only the unattended

Moment, the moment in and out of time,

The distraction fit, lost in a shaft of sunlight,

The wild thyme unseen, or the winter lightning

Of the waterfall, or music heard so deeply

That it is not heard at all, but you are the music

While the music lasts.

TS Eliot, from The Dry Salvages



"In Our Bones is a performance about our landscape. It’s about the earth that we inherit from the past and the earth we choose to leave for the future."


Four musicians and a painter imagine an astonishing and beautiful vision of hope in ecological crisis.

Processed through formulae and machine, set free in imagination and music, In Our Bones explodes a single poem in a live song-cycle that speaks of migration, landscape, roots, heritage and home. A multimedia collaboration collaging voices, song, poetry and paint, calling for action on the most pressing issue in the last ten million years. 


"Tell us who we once were, we are not afraid of ourselves."

by Freddie Crossley and Femi Oriogun-Williams

written to be readapted and rehearsed with new artists at each performing location

Vault Festival, London  in collaboration with  Alice Hartley, Finn Boxer and Will Langstone 2020

The Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth in collaboration with Frances Staniforth and the Imperfect Orchestra 2019

Commissioned by the University of Cambridge, Faculty of English supported by Theatre Royal Plymouth

Alice Hartley

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