Xana Marwick is a Performance Maker, Playwright and Artistic Director of Stadium Rock. Most recently she’s written an adaptation for the stage of former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen’s Happy Harry’s Cafe for Birdsnest Theatre in Association with Polka Theatre (London) and recently re-directed Hup (Starcatchers / RSNO) for tours to Macau, Hong Kong, Canada and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as part of the Made In Scotland Showcase.
Yellow Valley is a loveable, contemporary, musical-storytelling performance, created especially for children aged 2 to 4 years old, inspired by Kenyan children’s book Who’s Calling by Charity Waciuma. This quirky story was recreated with live African music, electronic vocal effects and energetic performances to tell the tale of a feisty little girl and her animal friends who strike up a disagreement with another, cheekier, little girl (and all her animal friends) across the valley.
Created and Directed by Xana Marwick with performers Drew Wright and Dougie Hudson, Yellow Valley tells the story of Kamwende, a little girl who lives in a valley and sets out on a journey to find her brother Ndoro. ‘Over the mountain, under the tree, follow the river so wild and free’. As Kamwende calls out for her brother she hears another girl repeating her calls mocking her. She returns each time with a new animal friend who calls out with her and is met with the same response. Interwoven with songs and performance, Yellow Valley is an engaging theatrical storytelling experience for young audiences.
Yellow Valley was created in 2014 as part of the Culture 2014 programme during the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
“Yellow Valley… is where the two-to four years olds get their imagination taken on a story-telling adventure with a difference… It’s a vivid tapestry of sounds, rhythm, catchy songs and the kind of reiterations of words and actions little ones happily join in with.”★★★★ MARY BRENNAN – THE HERALD READ FULL REVIEW
Yellow Valley toured alongside Blue Block Studio in 2014 as part of the Culture 2014 programme during the Glasgow Commonwealth Games visiting community centres and theatre venues:
Platform | Glasgow 20 – 24 May, The Postings | Fife 27 – 31 May, Carnegie Hall | Fife 3 – 7 June, Lochgelly Centre | Fife 10 – 14 June, The Brunton | East Lothian 16 – 20 June, Palace Theatre | East Ayrshire 24 – 28 June, Perth Studio | Perth 2 – 5 July, Comar | Isle of Mull 7 – 11 July, Rutherglen Town Hall | South Lanarkshire 15 – 17 July, Tramway | Glasgow 23 July – 3 August
Cast & Crew 2014
Drew Wright Performer
Dougie Hudson Performer
Xana Marwick Director / Creator
Production Manager Zoe Squair