SHERDS: Five Verses on Six Sacks of Earth (live on Radiophrenia)
SHERDS is an experimental work that inhabits a six-week archaeological dig which took place at Malkin TowerFarm in Pendle, during the hot summer of 2018. Performed by an ensemble of musicians, archaeologists and vocalists, this 90-minute radio iteration brings together spoken word, improvisation, vibrating rocks, field recordings, live audio and new compositions.
SHERDS draws on the specialisms of each of the ensemble to unearth, collapse, backfill and reassemble the rhythms of archaeology, changing land-use, topography and herstory.
Written and Produced by Rebecca Lee and Nastassja Simensky
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Performed by Alison Cooper, Bobby Cotterill, Caroline Trutz, Kelly Jayne Jones, Nastassja Simensky, Rebecca Lee, Sophie Cooper, Rebecca Atherton and Bernie Velvick. With the voices of archaeologists Danielle Knights, Katy Soar, Catherine Reardon, Rick Peterson and Aidan Parker and local historian John Claydon.
Sherds is developed from a commission by Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership and In-Situ, is funded by Sound and Music, Jerwood Arts, Arts Council England, and The National Lottery Heritage Fund, and supported by The Harris and Nottingham Contemporary.