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


The Search for Minerva was an outdoor family show involving masks, music and mayhem. It was performed by The Strange Train Company in a woodland in Adlington, Cheshire, and at Seven Miles Out in Stockport. Company members joined the audience of families and participants in the search, which involved dressing up in woodland garlands, beautiful masks, and mud. Following a trail of objects and using extraordinary woodland technology to track fragments of song, the resulting chaos and hilarity leads to the discovery of bread and jam by a campfire, and a story. Was that woman in the Owl mask Minerva? A decadent and magnificent finale involving a puppet and some wild dancing to the beat of a djembe closed the piece. Confused, delighted and full of bread and jam and a shared adventure, everyone went home.