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Stoke Abbott 2011
First performed at the Beaminster Festival on the 29th June 2018 by Mana Shibata.
Stoke Abbott was inspired by a wintery visit to the village of the same name in Dorset.
The fireplace is scattered with matchsticks,
their little sparks of flame burnt out on the stubborn wood.
Sometimes there would be just a speck of red in the iron grate.
Sometimes a great orange tongue would lick the chimney wall.
But still the room remains an icy cold unchallenged by the dormant fire.
Standing high on the hilltop,
surrounded by frozen fields and icy winds,
the shadow of the old Roman fort remains watchful.
The hedgerow rustles.
We stop and stare until a great brown blur runs from its cover.
It dashes across the snow white fields.
Then the deer stops and stares.
With a sudden change of heart the deer turns and races away,
and loses itself in the icy world.
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29th June 2018 - Mana Shibata, Beaminster Festival
13th Nov 2018 - Mana Shibata (BCMG Next Ensemble), CBSO Centre