Combining music, animation and archive film with a captivating monologue, David Bramwell takes audiences on a dreamy candle-lit journey, in search of the occult secrets of rivers – back into a pre-Christian era when rivers and springs were worshipped as living deities – and a drowned village which has long haunted his memories. Along the journey Bramwell battles with his own thalassophobia (the fear of ‘what lurks beneath’); learns about hydromancy from magician Alan Moore, discovers a unique forest of figs growing on the banks of the Don and encounters Jarvis Cocker on his own adventures, sailing down the Don on an inflatable inner tube. His journey finally brings him face to face with the goddess of primordial waters, Danu, who gave her name to the Don. While using the river Don as the focal point for a psycho-geographical journey, at heart this is a meditation on the symbolic and ritual power of water and its association with feminine power.
David Bramwell is a Sony-Award winning presenter for BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio 4, having made programmes on subjects ranging from Damanhur to Ken Campbell. He has won awards for ‘outstanding theatre’ and ‘best comedy’ for his one-man shows and is the author of The Haunted Moustache, The No9 Bus to Utopia and The Odditorium.