THE FISHERMAN’S DAUGHTER
It is no secret that several of our junior boarders are big fans of the stage, so when Mrs Glenny saw that As One Theatre were bringing their touring show: The Fisherman’s Daughter to Warminster Athenæum, it seemed like the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
The Fisherman’s Daughter is an enchanting play that takes the audience into the world of Jess: a ten year old Fisherman’s daughter who spends most of her time looking out to sea anxiously awaiting the return of her father. With the arrival of mysterious Moira and her unlikely companion Harold the play weaves maritime tales into the fabric of Jess’ life.
We were immediately taken to the sea and enjoyed participating in the soundscape, making the whooshing of the waves and the hissing of the water on the shingle. The children were captivated by the tales told by Moira (Jane McKell) and amused by the jokes and rhymes of her one-legged seagull friend, Harold. They were moved by the compassionate portrayal of Jess (Emily Rowan) and inspired by the rich literary references, excited to identify amongst them both The Odyssey and Treasure Island that they have studied.
Mrs Glenny said, “The experience was truly immersive and it was great to see the children embrace the experience. Their participation was appreciated by the actors and many of them contributed to jokes. Harold the seagull was impressed by their wit and confidence (He has kept the jokes for his forthcoming book). The children were then invited to share the stage for a photograph where they could ask the actors questions and had the opportunity to try operating Harold themselves. This was a fantastic experience for our boarders; and we are very lucky to have The Athenæum on our doorstep.”