Heather is a play by Thomas Eccleshare, produced by Dancing Brick and Paul Jellis in association with the Bush Theatre and Tobacco Factory Theatres.
A reclusive children’s writer becomes wildly successful. Her books are treasured across the country. But when a troubling narrative starts to unfold, we find ourselves asking: what matters more, the storyteller or the story? Heather is a short, sharp play about language, prejudice and the power of stories.
The play is structured in three parts and in part one I used stage mics on stands to give a sense of detachment as the actors read a series of emails. In part two concealed radio mics were used to subtly amplify an extremely tense encounter. In the third part the microphones and mic stands become props in a cinematic sequence while also adding sonic effects. This final sequence is also accompanied by an orchestral, Harry Potter style music score and sound effects.
Heather was presented at Summerhall in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2017 and was included in the British Council Edinburgh Showcase. Following the Edinburgh run Heather toured UK venues through the autumn of 2017 including The Bush Theatre, London, Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol, Tron Theatre, Glasgow.