Anna and Isobel Hughes

Makers/performing artists

Isobel trained as an actor. Anna as a musician. They have come together to create a new form of musical storytelling: a merging of folk music and tales, spoken word, original composition and text, in an attempt to bring back the magic they used to be certain of.

Inspired by current folk revival and conservation movements, their own form of rewilding comes from digging up forgotten stories and using them to spin adjacent worlds where music and language are interchangeable, where they share a wide-open space with an audience that are moved to remember the communal power of storytelling.

Their current project, A Place To Fall To Pieces, is a musical quest through magic, memory and earth, to seek the indelible mark our country leaves on us and where the permanence of Home truly lies.

It was through developing A Place To Fall To Pieces that we first met Mahogany. They took a chance on what then was a rough but sincere attempt to create our own form of music theatre, inviting us to take part in their (fateful) Various Stages festival in 2020. And although we are yet to meet in person, their kindness and friendship has been a huge part of our journey as a developing company since then. It is through them that we have learnt the value of making work communally, and with an open heart.

For Mahogany Opera: Various Stages Festival 2020.

Anna Isobel headshot
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