L I V E W O R K F U N D
E D E N ' S C A V E
The Eden’s Cave Company was created in 2016 with the intention of creating powerful, imaginative, and moving theatre experiences to bridge connections between theatre, community and the natural world. Eden’s Cave is a laboratory theatre, developing work over extended periods to create rich and high-quality work.
Since 2017, EC has been developing its organisation in the Forest of Dean alongside the ASHA Centre - an arts & educational charity - and The Grange Village - a special needs community. It has delivered an evolving cultural programme, leading a 10-month workshop series with the European Solidarity Corps volunteers (formerly EVS), a Shakespeare workshop at the Grange, regular workshops through ASHA’s Erasmus+ programmes, a work-in-progress sharing of Forests, and now being asked to develop ASHA Arts, offering workshops and cultural events to reach wider audiences in the area.
EC’s directors, Henry McGrath and Eleanor Buchan have worked for international and multi-award winning companies Song of the Goat theatre and 1927. Henry has worked with the BBC, playing Egon Schiele in ‘Dangerous Desires’ choreographed by Amit Lahav, director of Gecko theatre. He is Co-Founder and Deputy Artistic Director at Animikii Theatre, an award-winning physical theatre company that has toured work extensively. Eleanor has worked with Dante of Die, is Associate Artist at Heroine Projects Presents and is Co-Director at storytelling company The Shadow Travellers.
The other members of the company, Emma Bonnici, Adam Clifford and Charles Sandford show an equal footing in artistic excellence, working with leading and internationally recognised theatre companies such as: Theatre Re, Song of the Goat, Teatr Zar, Verity Standen and Animikii Theatre.
A R T I S T S
F O R E S T S
“We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them” – Albert Einstein
Forests is an emblematic story for our times. A woman, Argyll, begins to recount a tale in which each character seeks change. Music soars and doorways open but lives begin to fragment as they trail towards a destruction. In this fervent tale, the very nature of connection and culpability is questioned as Argyll investigates what could be done, reaching her hands into the soil to pull out the fresh sprouts of a new forest.
An ode for our time, a lamentation for a closing world before the birth of a new one.
Forests has been a three-year project in the making, championing the interplay between movement, song, the cultural heritage of the British Isles and symbolic imagery. Our durational process has created a layered performance, drawing from conversations, meetings, natural encounters and personal stories threaded through the fabric of the material.