Oystercatchers: strolling theatre

The Estuary of the Torridge and Taw Rivers is an important habitat for wading birds and the Oystercatcher is one of the most characterful residents. Some live here all year round and others visit from northern climes during the winter in order to feast on the mudflats.

Our characters are migrant Oystercatchers, who have just arrived back from the Faroe Islands. Arriving in the town, rather tired and disorientated, they enlist help from local people to reach their seaside home and attempt to trade with shells for things that will help them through the winter. At the seaside, they get to work with setting up home and get fishing.

Performances happened in Bideford and Northam Burrows, Barnstaple and Saunton Sands on 14th and 15th September 2019. We worked with a brilliant team to create this curious pair and to share them with the public. Read below for more information about how the project came together.

The Creative Team:

Oystercatchers, Dandies of the Estuary

Strolling theatre – our creative process

Making the Oystercatcher Masks