Set in Stone by Matthew Bellwood and Alison Andrews
‘Mid way through the journey of our life I found myself in a dark wood where the straight path was lost. It is a hard thing to speak of, how wild, harsh and impenetrable that wood was, so that thinking of it recreates the fear. It is scarcely less bitter than death: but, in order to tell of the good that I found there, I must tell of the other things I saw there.’
Dante: The Inferno – Canto 1
Set in Stone is an exploration of the ways we use stories – to make sense of the journey of our lives, to imagine alternatives, to reinvent ourselves, past, present or future, to while away the time or to scare us out of apathy and into action.
How far back in the story do you need to go to have the possibility of taking a different path?
Matthew Bellwood and Alison Andrews explore this and other questions in a performance which draws on the wit and wisdom of writers, film makers, folklorists and philosophers, ancient and modern. It is a conversation which started in a small library hidden away in the middle of Leeds – it is also a piece about Leeds: how is the city story told, who is telling it, where does the story come from and what does it say about us, individually and collectively?
Versions of this piece have been presented after residencies in Bradford at Theatre in the Mill and in Leeds at
This performance will include material developed over a week spent in the area local to HUB.