The award-winning playwright, poet, photographer and performer, Simon Corble, has combined his talents into a unique evening of Peak District experiences, which will tour across the region, alongside the publication of his book, White Light White Peak.
Starting in the depths of a snowy winter, both book and live performance are a journey through a White Peak year, including encounters with the weather, wildlife and people; some amusing, some thought- provoking and many involving a springer spaniel… or two.
The poems are told from memory and in a conversational style; more like miniature short stories at times, complete with twists and some happy endings.
The White Light is all in Simon’s monochrome photography: atmospheric landscapes, wildlife shots and enigmatic moments, reflecting the images and moods heard in the poems and projected on to a large screen throughout the performance.
With the occasional soundscape – captured locally, and in all weathers – the live show is a highly immersive experience and, along with the beautiful, hardback book, the culmination of five years’ work.
Simon, who lives at Monyash, said: “Having slowly built up a body of work in both poetry and photography, it suddenly struck me that I had the makings of a book on my hands. Almost the next thought was, ‘This could also make a fascinating live performance!’
“I spent the best part of 2017 arranging poems, writing new ones, taking further photographs, making sound recordings and, finally, this year, assembling, memorising and rehearsing what is now White Light White Peak.
Simon’s own theatre company – found THEATRE – presented a trial performance in The Green Man Gallery at Buxton in October 2017.
The playwright said: “If there’s one thing I do know how to judge, it’s how well a live performance has gone down. ‘Mesmerising’ was the word-most-heard from the audience, along with ‘It makes me want to put my walking boots on’ and ‘I can’t wait for the book’.
“I am absolutely thrilled to have secured a sympathetic and ethical publisher with Fly on the Wall Press and I am so looking forward to sharing my experiences with live audiences,” he added.
Simon will be setting out on an extensive tour visiting arts centres, festivals, theatres, bookshops and other venues, primarily in or around the Peak District, from Lichfield to Huddersfield, Manchester to Mansfield.
He will begin with an appearance at the book launch, at Buxton Festival Fringe, on July 15.
The show, directed by Alice Bartlett, and presented by found THEATRE in association with Rotherham Underground, has been split into two parts, Part One – Springing is on July 15 and 22 and Part Two – Falling is on July 17 and 24. All performances are at 4pm at Underground at The Old Clubhouse, Buxton. For tickets go to underthefringe.com
Further dates follow all the way to the end of October, when he ends where he started, back at the Green Man Gallery.
The book, with a foreword by fellow White Peak poet, F. Philip Holland, has already had some fantastic reviews in advance of publication. It is being published on July 15 and can be pre-ordered from http://www.flyonthewallpoetry.co.uk