Maggie and the Song of the Sea
Maggie and the Song of the Sea
After a successful run at the prestigious Paines Plough Roundabout Maggie set off on a local tour…we hope to bring her story to life again soon!
We are not currently touring Maggie and the Song of the Sea
About the show…
Maggie is a young girl, whose world is coloured by a beautiful playground of music; every significant person, place and object in her life has a melody. Maggie’s best friend is her Granddad and together they have amazing adventures and take fantastic journeys, all set to Maggie’s beautiful music. When her granddad dies suddenly, Maggie’s music disappears and she must learn to adapt to a different kind of world. Exploring the journey of grief through the eyes of a child, we see that whilst there is sadness, there is also hope as Maggie learns to find her music again.
Recommended for ages 7+, Maggie and the Song of the Sea offers young audiences and their families a chance to explore the issues of grief and loss through the eyes of a very special little girl. Combining a visually captivating story and an original score of live and recorded music, this work has been developed, with the support of Winston’s Wish; The Charity for Bereaved Children, to bring this most important and universal of subjects to children across the north west. The performance charts Maggie’s story and her journey through grief, on towards acceptance, understanding and hope. With outstanding feedback from parents, teachers and children alike,
Praise for Maggie and the Song of the Sea
‘The children and staff … are absolutely buzzing – the staff have informed me Maggie and the Song of the Sea is one of the best performances they’ve ever seen, and the sensitive themes contained within the show were dealt with brilliantly.’ Greg Oates, Headteacher, Beever Primary School, Oldham
‘The moving and beautiful Maggie and the Song of the Sea offers the chance for children to learn about death in a non-threatening environment. Children learn best about difficult things through stories, and Maggie is a realistic portrayal of a child’s journey through grief. This piece of theatre works on so many levels to communicate about love and loss, resilience and coping.’Rebekah Lawson, North West Family Services, Winston’s Wish; The Charity for Bereaved Children, www.winstonswish.org.uk
For more information about Winston’s Wish and the work they do, please visit www.winstonswish.org.uk
Take a look at our blog on all things Maggie…
Colour The Clouds’ Co-Director and Composer, Catherine Manford on their upcoming premier of
Maggie and the Song of the Sea
When I tell people about the subject matter of our exciting new production, ‘Maggie and the Song of the Sea’, they usually say ‘Oh. Okay.’
I guess that response is to be expected when they hear that our show for ages 7+ is about grief and loss. ‘It’s not a comedy then?’ they might venture. ‘No,’ I reply, wondering how to convince them that whilst the subject matter is serious, the performance isn’t all doom and gloom; expect Colour The Clouds’ physical storytelling combined with puppetry and live music, to bring adventures to life.
What are we going to do today?
Well I thought today we would take a little sail out on the sea…
Where shall we head to?
I think we’ll go to………Shingle Bay!
Oh good choice! You know what’s at Shingle Bay don’t you?
For those audiences that are familiar with our award-winning production, ‘Billy, The Monster and ME!’, the change in tone may come as even more of a surprise – how does a company go from creating an ‘inventive, well-paced and absolutely hilarious’* production to a show about childhood bereavement.
(* Northern Soul review of Billy, The Monster and ME!)
My wonderful friend and co-founder of Colour The Clouds, Sarah Birch, wrote an incredible story about a girl called Maggie who has synaesthesia– a condition where the senses are blurred and often operate on multiple levels. If you haven’t heard of it – (I thought Sarah had invented this amazingly wonderful condition) – please, look it up – it’s fascinating.
Synaesthesia is a truly fascinating condition. In its simplest form it is best described as a “union of the senses” whereby two or more of the five senses that are normally experienced separately are involuntarily and automatically joined together. Some synaesthetes experience colour when they hear sounds or read words. Others experience tastes, smells, shapes or touches in almost any combination. These sensations are automatic and cannot be turned on or off. Synaesthesia isn’t a disease or illness and is not at all harmful. In fact, the vast majority of synaesthetes couldn’t imagine life without it.
For Maggie, her synaesthesia presents itself through music, with every significant person, place, object in her life having it’s own melody; in effect Maggie’s life is accompanied by her own personal underscore – I know – how cool is that? To Maggie, this is just ‘the norm’ – it is all she has ever known. But one day, when her Granddad, to whom she is extremely close, dies, Maggie’s music disappears, and for the first time in her life, she is surrounded by silence.
After the vibrant, exciting and colourful adventures brought to life with puppetry and live music, the second half of the play follows Maggie’s journey through the different stages of grief, offering children the chance ‘to learn about death in a non-threatening environment.’*
We have been fortunate enough to have developed this production with Winston’s Wish; the childhood bereavement charity. As they have acknowledged, children learn best about difficult things through stories, and with their guidance, Maggie’s story is ‘a realistic portrayal of a child’s journey through grief.’* It doesn’t shy away from the subject matter, but once Maggie has accepted her loss, and time moves forward, we see that she gains a strength and becomes more like herself, and whilst there is sadness, there is also hope;
‘Maggie shows it is possible to find your song again and look forward to a future with confidence and hope.’*
*Rebekah Lawson, Family Services Team Leader in the northwest for Winston’s Wish
‘The children and staff … are absolutely buzzing – the staff have informed me Maggie and the Song of the Sea is one of the best performances they’ve ever seen, and the sensitive themes contained within the show were dealt with brilliantly.’
Greg Oates, Headteacher, Beever Primary School, Oldham
As with all of our work, this story has been inspired by real life experiences, and the truth and honesty with which this story has been written is truly beautiful.
This production is supported by Winston’s Wish: The Charity for Bereaved Children