From The Horse’s Mouth

From the Horse’s Mouth is a Scene project which is linked to the development of our new theatre show, White Horse, based on The White Horse of Zennor by Michael Morpurgo. The project was facilitated by o-region’s artistic director, Simon Harvey and lead writer Anna Maria Murphy. 

In early 2022, we gathered audio testimony and memories from Zennor residents, and commissioned a selection of new writing, film, image and spoken word based on their stories. The commissioned writers include Sarah Connors and Oliver Berry, and following an open call out, emerging writers Jack Brownridge Kelly and Philipa Aldous.

The work was presented in a free community event in June 2022 alongside extracts of White Horse in development.

We are pleased to be able to offer some of the work that was produced during the project here for you to listen, watch, read and enjoy – all completely free. 

As part of the continued development of White Horse, we are planning to extend From the Horse’s Mouth to other communities across Cornwall.

From The Horse’s Mouth: Commissioned Work

A comic tale about the infamous occultist Alistair Crowley, who lived for a time in Zennor while dabbling in the dark arts. Written by Oliver Berry and performed by Tristan Sturrock.

More Than One Mermaid
A short story set in Zennor, written by Philippa Aldous with an accompanying short film by Brett Harvey.

The Child

A short comic story about the last male child to be born in the parish of Zennor. Written and performed by Anna Maria Murphy with music and sound design by Ben Sutcliffe.

Miss Frost’s Cats

A short story about a well known Zennor character. Written by Philipa Aldous. Performed by Mary Woodvine, Chloe Endean and Simon Harvey. Music and Sound Design by Ben Sutcliffe.

The Cottage Protection Committee 

When Stephen Huxley tries to bend the rules to purchase an abandoned cottage near Zennor, he gets more than he bargained for.

A dark tale by Jack Brownridge Kelly. Performed by Jack Brownridge Kelly, Chloe Endean and Simon Harvey. With music and sound design by Ben Sutcliffe.


More about our Theatre work
Michael Morpurgo’s The White Horse of Zennor