The Strange Train Company
Performance Collective specialising in Outdoor Work combining Narrative, Music and Visuals

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Proud to have been, 'Live at Lyme!'

It was a foul day for weather! Thunderstorms and torrential rain forecast all day! The worst possible scenario for outside arts. We arrived at Lyme at 9am, and immediately began working on a Plan B Scenario.

Walking around the beautiful interiors of Lyme Hall, before they opened, and while the housekeepers swept and vaccuumed, we pondered which of our scenarios could transfer to which spaces. Two out of three scenes could go indoors. The third was scheduled for the moment the forecasters predicted a pause in the rain.

The cast took the news well, and responded positively to the need to find an alternative ending to our scene 'Tea with the Beasts', which would now not include the Rhinoceros.

And somehow, with the amazingly responsive staff at the National Trust, and support from the team at Waterside Arts, we performed, mostly Outside!

It was a tremendous day! Our audience were rewarded for venturing forth in the cold and wet. A strange and wonderfully entertaining troupe brought a menagerie to the house and gardens, and a magical day happened.

How appropriate that as our unicycling Cassowarys completed their ballet, the final act of the day, a thunderbolt sent out its spiky fingers across the sky and the dark heavens showered us all with enormous hailstones!




Sophie Tyrrell