2023 – the electric voice theatre year of Eliza Flower – began with an absolutely joyful series of workshops organised by Pascal Theatre Company as part of a regular Golden Years programme at St Pancras Community Association.
The workshops took place on January 9th, 16th & 23rd in the afternoons and were centred around the “Songs of the Months” by Eliza Flower which had been written in 1834.
We started with the song for January – A chime for the New Year – and many practiced between sessions so it began to sound really good.
They relished the schmaltz of the Valentine’s Day song,
Sweet! Be thou mine,
Sweet! I am thine,
and together we recited the poem for March written by Eliza’s sister, Sarah Flower Adams, and everyone grabbed some hand percussion so that they could respond to the storms in the words.
These workshops contributed hugely to our Flower of the Month project – to record and release a song each month throughout this year. You can hear how we are getting on HERE and before you ask, no we haven’t recorded the song for January yet – that is due to be the last on January 1st 2024. You can hear how we approached it in the materials below.