HIVE and Metal present ‘Unsettle: A cross-media meditation on the Pendle Witch Trials’
Thursday 25 October 7:30pm Metal at Edge Hill Free entrance (booking required, contact Metal Box Office)
Through audiovisual pieces, music and spoken word, HIVE, in association with Metal, present ‘Unsettle’, a meditation on the Pendle Witch Trials of 1612. The event’s six short acts will draw the audience into the world of claustrophobia, dread, mundane ignorance and prejudice that lead to the trial of eleven men and women, ten of whom were later hanged.
Music by Jonathan Aasgaard, principal cellist of the RLPO; an electronic soundscape inspired by the Black Dyke Band’s performance of Nigel Clarke’s 1996 work ‘The Pendle Witches’; sound and visual art by HIVE; spoken word pieces and strange theatrical interactions will provide the setting for the audience to contemplate these injustices, and draw their own parallels with contemporary society and notions of progress.
Project designer Sam Wiehl said “The evening was conceived in response to the 400th anniversary commemorations, but rather than just reflecting the dark history of the 1612 trials we’re looking to explore the collective emotional memories of events that still define Pendle to this day. This unique collaboration between some fantastic artists will provide a thought-provoking experience that we hope will stay with you long after the piece is finished.”