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    May 03 - 12 2024


    5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

    The Rumblers present their show Ear To Ground

    The Wye Valley River Festival Ensemble: The Rumblers, present their show

    Ear to Ground

    A FREE family show full of song, dance and playful exploration!!!

    In the beginning, it started with a seed, as all things do.The seed of an idea, the seed of a dream, the seeds in a pod.

    The Rumblers are an eclectic collection of characters traveling between layers of the Earth, looking for a place to thrive.

    Every May they break cover, coming up to celebrate and revel in the hawthorn magic, collecting songs and stories as they tunnel, wiggle and knock.  With toes deep in the damp earth, lifting their heads above to feel the sun.

    However not all is as it seems. As The Rumblers jingle-jangle, toil and play, gently brewing tea, their true purpose is revealed as they secretly help searching souls on their way…through the labyrinthine networks of life.

    Join them on their journey as they burrow into and explore the undergrowth.  But hush-hush, there may be obstacles to navigate as we voyage downwards and discover unexpected treasures.

    Show Dates and Places

    The Rumblers will be about and about throughout the festival, and you can see them at:

    • Saturday 4 May, throughout the afternoon – Merry Monmouth Day, Drybridge Park, Monmouth, NP25 5AS
    • Sunday 5 May, throughout the afternoon – Redbrook Roust, Millennium Green, Redbrook, NP25 4AN
    • Monday 6 May, 1pm – Clearwell Caves, The Rocks, Clearwell, GL16 8JR
    • Monday 6 May, 5pm-9.30pm – Llandogo Birthday Bash, Llandogo Village Hall, Holmfield Drive, NP25 4TJ
    • Wednesday 8 May, 5.30pm-9pm – Farm Walk and Fodder event (*booking required* – tickets £10 including meal), Townsend Farm, Brampton Abbots, Ross-on-Wye, HR9 7JE
    • Thursday 9 May, 12 noon – Monmouthshire Upcycle, Station Yard Industrial Estate, Station Road, Chepstow, NP16 5PF
    • Thursday 9 May, 5pm-8pm – TogetherWORKS Community Garden, Woodstock Way, Caldicot
    • Friday 10 May, 5.30pm-9pm – We Weave the Woods Friday Night Picnic, Beechenhurst, Speech House Road, Coleford, GL16 7EJ
    • Saturday 11 May, 11am-9pm – We Weave the Woods, Beechenhurst, Speech House Road, Coleford, GL16 7EJ
    • Sunday 12 May, 11am-5pm – We Weave the Woods, Beechenhurst, Speech House Road, Coleford, GL16 7EJ

    They will also be visiting some local schools in the area, and may pop up in a couple more places… keep your eyes peeled!

    About our Ensemble performers:

    Megan Brooks uses multiple disciplines in her performance work including physical theatre, aerial, clowning, puppetry and music. She has toured the UK and abroad with various productions- most recently with Ramshacklicious and Hijinx Theatre and their co-production Truth/Y Gwir.

    Chez Dunford is a theatre maker, musician and wellbeing facilitator.  Since training at Dartington College of Arts in Theatre and Choreography in 2009, Chez has toured and collaborated with a wide range of projects, companies and made her own work in and around the South West.

    Dominique Fester is a performer living in Cardiff with a love of getting out and about and meeting the public. She trained in physical theatre at the Lecoq school in Paris, and you will often find her infusing improv, music, and movement in playful, ensemble settings.

    Tim Hill is a musician and artist creating outdoor celebrations, shows and music. He has been musical director for many outdoor arts companies, including Cirque Bijou, Liverpool Lantern Company, Macnas and Walk the Plank.

    Kim Noble trained at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, she is a freelance dance artist and performer based in Cardiff. Kim dances for various choreographers and companies as well as co- directing and choreographing dance theatre company Kitsch & Sync Collective.