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i–witness One day in the Spring of 2007, we happened upon an extraordinary book. It was to obsess us, in various ways, for months to follow. We bought six or seven copies of it and insisted that our friends read it. Some of them did, and joined us in our obsession. We posted it to acquaintances who concluded that we were mad. We mislaid our own copies and suspected each other of stealing them. We became fascinated with random objects, felt the need to go on long walks, and began to invest even the smallest things with great significance.

That book was The Rings of Saturn by WG Sebald. It is the story of a man who went for a walk. Our show will not tell you that same story – instead it will tell the stories of four people who see the world differently since they read it, who witness the world through its pages. i–witness is the story of our obsession.

Catherine is fanatical about the things no-one notices.
Paul plays music to keep the silence at bay.
Philip has not been sleeping well since he read it.
Fern is hypnotized by the rhythm of endless walking.

Meet our troubled quartet as they attempt to entertain, persuade, amaze and unsettle you with curiosities, discoveries, observations and performances. They are preoccupied by the past, adrift in the present, and terrified of the future. They might try to baffle you with puzzles, make you laugh, or shock you with their honesty. They invite you to laugh at them, cry with them, wonder what on earth they think they’re doing, and to see the world a bit differently than you did before.

A production by Volcano Theatre Company and Taliesin Arts Centre

i–witness is inspired by the work of WG Sebald, particularly The Rings of Saturn (Vintage, 2002) translated by Michael Hulse.
The Tour
31st October & 1st November – Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea
5 & 6 November – Sherman Cymru, Cardiff
11 November - Sundial, Cirencester
14 November - The Cut, Halesworth
25 November - The Arena, Wolverhampton
26 November – Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth
3 December - The Point, Eastleigh
4 - 6 December - Tobacco Factory, Bristol
9 December - The Rose, Ormskirk
12 & 12 December - Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold

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