Stories from the Sticks is a brand new podcast featuring tales from rural communities created by Scratchworks Theatre and supported by Arts Council England.
Episode 3 – Sidney & Tony
This episode features two Malmesbury storytellers: theatre-maker & community radio host Sidney and local historian Tony. From flying monks to escaped pigs, Malmesbury (in Wiltshire) seems to have more stories than a Brothers Grimm fairy tale book. We also take a dip into 17th century witch trials as Tony uncovers the untold tale of the Witches of Malmesbury.
Scratchworks has toured theatre shows to isolated communities across the South West for many years and the theatre-makers have met many wonderful characters along the way. City-dwellers themselves, Laura, Siân and Alice have always appreciated being welcomed into remote villages to hear stories of love, history, local myth and community spirit.
‘We’ve heard some amazing tales from people in villages across the South West. Lockdown has turned everything upside down – we can’t perform in these communities right now – so instead we’re providing a platform to share their stories with the wider world.’
Laura Doble, Scratchworks Theatre
The interviews are interwoven with original music by Jack Dean plus narration and singing in Scratchworks’ signature style giving a distinctly theatrical feel to the podcast. The company are also keen to receive creative responses from listeners:
‘We’re hoping these podcasts will inspire others to get creative too. People can send in responses in any format – drawings, photos, music, short films – and we’ll share them on the Scratchworks website.’
Stories from the Sticks can be downloaded from most podcast platforms including Apple, Spotify, Deezer, Pocket Casts, Stitcher and A Cast. A subtitled version is provided on YouTube. Links to all released episodes can be found here.