The Woodcutter and the Swan

A short film and Q&A by Millstream, our resident company of learning disabled actors
Date: Thursday 21st January 2021
Start Time: 7.30pm
Price: £10 / £5 / £3 Concession
Please consider paying what you would at a night out at the Theatre! We recommend £5 if you are watching alone or £10 per device for multiple viewers. Box Office will close at 1pm on Thursday 21st January.
Categories: Virtual, performance


Millstream Theatre, The Museum of East Dorset’s resident company of learning disabled actors, presents a brand new short film based on a magical folk tale (collected by traditional storyteller Duncan Williamson).

The Woodcutter and the Swan was originally a devised theatre piece. Due to Covid-19, Millstream Theatre (along with their Co-Directors, Tony Horitz and Tam Gilbert)  have transformed the production into a screen adaptation. The film combines drama, dance, poetry, animated drawing and original music, created and developed via ZOOM and mobile phones. The Woodcutter and the Swan reflects the isolation many have experienced this year, ending with a message of hope and friendship.

Several professional artists have supported Millstream in creating the film – including Devon-based freelance artist Gillian Taylor, who is editing the film (having given Millstream staff and members valuable training in working digitally), with production, set and costume design by local Christchurch 3D artist, Heidi Steller. Sarah Archdeacon and Housni (DJ) Hassan (from London-based Corali Dance Company) have choreographed the movement sequences and Wimborne-based musician Pete Ferrett created original music especially for the production and arranged Millstream member Nina Smith’s poem ‘The Swan’ as a song.

The Woodcutter and the Swan is funded with Emergency Funding from the National Lottery Community Fund and National Lottery Heritage Fund, with support from Activate Performing Arts. Millstream Theatre is funded purely through ticket sales, grants and donations. Every penny helps, so please give generously!

Ticket price includes access to a Q&A with the actors and creative team following the film.

If you would prefer to book and discuss alternative payment methods (e.g cash / cheque) over the telephone please call 01202 886116 or 07541 577487

Box office will close at 1pm on the day of the performance to allow our audience enough time to receive the access link.

This film will be streamed online. An access link will be sent to your email address on Thursday 21st January. If you prefer to receive this by text please mention this in the “additional Information” box when booking the event,

Thank you to our sponsors for funding this event.




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