Many thanks to Cath Barton from Wales Arts Review…
'Her songs are heart-felt, and especially powerful when the two women sing in duet, as in A Stone’s Throw from Nowhere. Their instrumental blend – using different strings – adds heft, but I found their unaccompanied voices particularly beautiful, a strong and affective blend. They also have a recurring riff about the breaking wave carrying the selkie away which is spine-tingling.'
Full review available here.
Rachel Taylor-Beales has teamed up with award winning actor-musician Lucy Rivers and Director Louise Osborn, to create and perform a story fuelled, gig-theatre adaptation of Rachel’s most recent album Stone’s Throw, Lament of the Selkie. Using song, music, storytelling and large-scale visual projections, Rachel’s personal experiences of injury and trauma after a dramatic accident, are merged alongside contemporary re-imaginings of selkie folklore myth. The performance features Rachel as herself and Lucy Rivers as Selkie, an enigmatic creature and mother with a tortured past. Reality blurs as Rachel and Selkie walk the line where the ocean meets the land and back again, their separate stories entwining and unraveling. Having been awarded Arts Council Wales funding, Stone's Throw, Lament Of The Selkie will open on 10th October at Ffwrnes, in Carmarthenshire’s seaside town of Llanelli, before continuing on to arts centres and theatre venues across South Wales. A performance of song, story and visual image, blurring the lines between real life and fiction: Two women. Two mothers. Many stories…riding tides of trauma and loss, to find the skin that fits.
“I’m a stone’s throw from nowhere, this beach I sit upon I can’t call home”
Directed by Louise Osborn and featuring award winning actor-musician Lucy Rivers alongside Rachel, the performance combines breathtaking music, songs, spoken-word and storytelling against a backdrop of large-scale visual projections and bespoke verbatim recordings of women’s birth stories and broader thoughts on identity. This show is an intimate, stirring, but ultimately uplifting exploration of the ongoing process of rebuilding and reclaiming oneself after an experience of trauma.
“Exceptional” Folk Radio UK
“Outstanding” BBC Radio Wales
“Stunningly Ambitious” Fatea
Stone’s Throw, Lament of the Selkie, tours theatres in Wales throughout October 2019 with additional dates now being added for 2020.
October 10th2019, Stwidio Stepni, Ffwrnes, Llanelli
October 11th2019, Seligman Theatre- Chapter, Cardiff
October 12th2019, Seligman Theatre- Chapter, Cardiff
(A.D. and touch tour available for this performance)
October 16thSpan Arts @- Ysgol Caerelen- Haverford West
February 4th 2020, The Borough Theatre, Abergavenny
February 5th 2020, The Welfare, Ystradgynlais
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Lament of the Selkie
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