Showing posts from September, 2011

Seething Wells meets Rose Theatre

During this month we had the opportunity to spend the day in the Rose Theatre to play with ideas ahead of a community event  at Seething Wells in November. It was to bring together the tthree broad research groups on the history of the site  with a creative team of lighting designers, sound designers, puppeteers, directors etc.  We are to bring the story of Seething Wells  to life through a Victorian style carnivalesque/circusesque (lovely words) processional interactive performance. The day at the Rose gave us a chance to come together and experiment with how we would like to take the event forwards.   The day was spent trying to weave the group's stories together to find a general narrative, each individual brought a  story, picture, colour, song or object that they have uncovered through research which appealed to them looking for  moments and stories that make this drama human, unique, touching, funny or fascinating.    I decided my contribution (as a representat

Development proposals at Seething Wells: Will they benefit Wildlife?

Ecological communities take many years to evolve. Their structure is based on the habitat, which is virtually the only example of chalk grassland in the borough (reflecting the  flora of the north downs rather than the acid grassland of Kingston Hill). This gives rise to specific invertebrate fauna, which when investigated, was found to have elements of National and Regional interest. This interest is compounded by  the lack of disturbance, lack of domestic animals and  faeces, low levels of light pollution and other chemical pollutants etc.The proposed change does not recognise the species of local provenance, interrelations of species with the historic features, believing that habitat can be re-provided 'off the shelf'. Whilst current proposals will attract certain common species, which we will all recognise from our garden, it will not provide the specialised niches for less generalist birds, bats, plants etc. ...and so another area of our region bec