‘In this world you are either a farmer or a fisherman. But how do you know which one you are?’
The Farmer & The Fisherman takes place while the audience is travelling on a train from Coleraine to Derry, a route once described as one of the world’s great train journeys.*
Taking the archetypes of the farmer and fisherman as a starting point, the piece invites the audience/passenger to explore how the land and the sea has shaped this region, its people and their choice of whether to stay or see what is beyond this island.
In Spring/Summer 2013, 11:18 spent 2 months on the Irish North coast researching, gathering and sharing material about the area with different communities along the train route. We have also worked creatively with local people who live or work close to the railway line. Some of them provided voices; some offered up their land to place installations on and some even appeared as live performers along the route.
Devised and written by: Charlotte Hodkinson, Vala Omarsdottir, Camila Ymay Gonzalez Ortiz and Simone Waller
Original composition, sound design, recording by: Ben McAuley
Additional composition and vocals by: Arborist
Song Lyrics taken from the poem Things Breaking by Pablo Neruda
Paul Kennedy as The Voice
Niall Cusack as Seamus Heaney
Alexei Vergara Aravena as Pablo Neruda
Lisa Hogg as The Girl
Dermott Hickson as The Prisoner
Fiona Hodkinson as The Nun
Stephen Hodkinson as The Priest
Sarah Lyle as Farmer & Fisherman Game Female
Richard Clements as Farmer & Fisherman Game Male
Set-Making: JP Conaghan and Natalie Murphy
Graphic Design: Bii Orprasert
Supported by Foyle Port and Translink as part of Derry~Londonderry City of Culture 2013 Celebrations.