Is this a not-really musical theatre, a not-really rock opera or just a mixture of story telling and musical performance? If there are songs with large dollops of blues, jazz and improvisation; masks and props; Magical Realism; thinly disguised reality; and tall tales, can this show be any of the aforementioned?
This is the story of a woman called Second Born and her town
of tenderness and decay.
It is a tale in which she upholds the family tradition of creating cloth... sewn and woven together with rain and possibility. This is a show about collecting and finding; creating beauty out of almost nothing; friendship and family; imagination and science. Ultimately, it is a story about finding a place in the greater scheme of things.
Further Stories are nested inside the main one; There are stories inside songs.
The eater of nightmares lives in the sulfurous swamp. Other characters include a siren; a clockwork grandmother; ice bears and a court of crows.
Second Born lives in a tumbling-down and abandoned
railway station, surrounded by the tools of her trade.
It is a town famous for residents with enormous imaginations, as well as folks deeply steeped in the pursuit of knowledge.
The Swamp and the Sail was conceived and written by Karen.
It is performed as a one-woman show or as a collaboration. The show is adaptable and shapeable depending on who else is performing.