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‘Gnomus’ Caretaker of the Earth – Puppets With Guts
21st September 2019 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
One event on 22nd September 2019 at 11:00am
‘Gnomus’ is a caretaker of Earth, places and stories. Join this lovable giant at Weston’s Old Town
Quarry and hidden gem for a guided tour that is the stuff of legend. Natural history, heritage and myth will combine to
create an unforgettable tale of this remarkable place, told by a storyteller as old as the earth itself.
Puppets With Guts create spectacular puppets and bring important stories to life. Last Summer, Gnomus, a 4 metre high
bunraka puppet, guided thousands of people around the natural wonders of Kew Gardens’ Temperate House.
Now Gnomus will bring his considerable knowledge of Weston-super-Mare to the Quarry – working with local primary schools
and communities in September to unearth fascinating stories to create an interactive performance to be shared with
the smaller giants of the town during the Heritage Open Days weekend.
In the narrative, nature will rub shoulders with local heritage and the mythical landscape. Legend tells that the islands Flat Holm and Steep Holm that can be seen from Weston are the head and shoulder of heart-broken giant Gorum who drowned himself in the Severn Estuary over the loss of his love Avona (now the River Avon). Gnomus wonders if Gorum might rise again and join him in a message to mankind that our environmental balance is in peril, engaging audiences in a spectacle that will resonate both locally and globally.
For more information, see www.puppetswithguts.com
11am to 4pm. 15-minute walking tours on the hour, every hour.
The last tour of the day will take place at 4pm.
This is a FREE event, no booking required.
Suitable for all ages (recommended 6+)
Theatre Orchard presents ‘Gnomus’ in Weston, thanks to funding from The National Lottery Community Fund and Heritage Action Zones. Great Weston Heritage Action Zone aims to help unlock the economic potential of historic sites in Weston by encouraging local partners to make use of their resources in a creative and focussed way, to enhance local places and achieve sustainable growth.