Oxbow Lakes

Sample from soundtrack 

Bats
Bats

"I should be going home now. It is way past home time. (sighs) But I cant. Far too much work to do. Time is precious and decomposition waits for no man. Besides, I saw bats this evening hanging about in the trees by the edge of the woods. Bats that could easily fly down and get tangled up in my hair and i’d never get them out. So I’m stuck here."

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Monsters
Monsters

"Of course I love you petal but the last time you went on one of your rampages I was left cleaning up the mess for months. I'm not being funny love but you're a bloody monster and chaining you up in a remote bit of woodland really is better all round…"

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Aunty Roz
Aunty Roz

"Its hard to go for something when you don't know what you want. I always thought if I changed my name. If I could look people in the eye it might've helped.. Been more positive. More of an extrovert. Been able to tell a joke and remember the punchline…"

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Magic
Magic

"Jack: Come on mate. You're not a baby any more. You're almost seven - you're a big boy. Stop acting like a baby. Those things, magic and witches, it's just make-believe, it's just stories. There is no such thing as magic. You're fooling yourself. Scaring yourself for no good reason."

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Dog
Dog

"(As red witch) Can you hear that? Can you hear that? I can hear that. (Goes to the telephone and picks it up) Hello. I think you’re a bit confused. Had a nasty bump on the head have ya? I don’t know nothin’ about that. A message? Alright then. (She puts the phone down) Help me - he said. I don’t know what he means."

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Witches
Witches

"I can feel it, I can feel it, there’s something there, I can feel it – something rotten’s been going on here. I can feel it, this room – something rotten’s been going on in this room. And these walls, something disgusting, something vile, something very wicked, I can feel it, it’s pulsating, it’s pulsating through these walls. I can feel it, I can feel it."

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Detectives
Detectives

"Thank you Roxanne. Hello hello – thank you for coming so late, I know you’d rather be in your beds – it’s bedtime, I don’t want to go to bed, but this can’t wait. Just over 7 hour ago, at 1500 hours the remains of a body was found by the edge of the lake. I’ve prepared some briefing notes (she hands them out to her colleagues) zip, zip, zip – I like the sound the paper makes."

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Bodies
Bodies

"The worst one, the one everyone remembers was the one one hundred after that. The waitress from the cafe found him. She’s never spoken again. They think the man was from over the hills and far away, Alice wanted to put in down to witchcraft I think but she couldn’t be sure and she couldn’t ask her partner because he was turned into a frog not long before."

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"Theatre company Dirty Market have a reputation for aesthetic verve and rigour and they don’t disappoint with this deliriously warped fairy tale." **** Time Out

 

"Refreshingly original and funny." The Stage

 

"Do go along if you can – I absolutely guarantee hand on heart that you won’t regret it." The Londoneer

 

"That was some seriously fucked up shit. And if you know me at all, then you know that by “fucked up shit” I mean you should totally check this out. Fancy a bit of creeped-out absurdity with your surrealist theatre? Oxbow Lakes is for you." - Tikichris theatre Review

 

A magical, wildly imaginative journey into the deepest, darkest fears of parents, always rooted in truth. - One Stop Arts

Oxbow Lakes

 

Dusk.

A boy searches for sleep.

A mother searches for her son.

A husband searches for the woman he once married.

 

The wood is calling – the dark space on the edge of Oxbow. 

 

Will it reveal what they seek?Will they find their way home? 

 

 

A body floats up from the lake...

Oxbow Lakes dramatises a child’s experience of his parents conflicted feelings towards him and themselves. It turns this emotional, psychological territory into an imaginative visual landscape inhabited by an array of characters - comic, grotesque, disturbing. Oxbow Lakes is part fairy-tale, part murder-mystery, part dark musical-comedy.

Oxbow Lakes is made in association with Camden People's Theatre.

Here's a link to Lucie Regan's Diary of Oxbow Lakes.

Cast & Crew

Performed by - Benedict Hopper, Francesca Dale, Arti Naithani, Jon Lee, Georgina Sowerby & Oscar Gibbs

Written and Devised by - Jon Lee, Georgina Sowerby, Francesca Dale, Benedict Hopper, Oscar Gibbs, Anne-Gaelle Thiriot, Arti Naithani & Lucie Regan

Songs composed by - Oscar Gibbs
Music composed by - Nick Rye
Choreography - Genevieve Giron & Lisa Lee
Dramaturgy - David lane

Set & Puppet Design - Bryan Woltjen
Scenic artwork - Susan Sowerby & Simon Weller
Puppet Builder - Holly Sonabend
Carpentry - Phil Meadhurst, Rob Truscott & Lydia

Production consultant - Sarah Sansom
Production co-ordinator- Lucie Regan
Technical co-ordinator - Ed Richards
Project Manager - Stu Crohill
Executive Producers - Justin Cavell & Tina Baker

Very special thanks to Charles Sonabend and all at Parr Street. Justin Cavell, Tina Baker and all the WeFunders