Wishing Well

It is late at night. The stars are out. You are welcomed at the entrance to an enchanted pathway. The pathway is lit by lanterns which lead to a small and intimate space in the forest (or park). You are about to visit the “Laboratory” of the infamous “Voice Collector” (Linsey Pollak) and the “Wish Singer” (Terri Delaney) as well as The Wishing Well hostess (Maureen Baas).And then you arrive. The space is cosy and there is a pool of water “The Wishing Well”. The audience takes a seat in this intimate outdoor space. The Wishing Well hostess welcomes the audience and converses about dreams and hopes, and the need to wish and dream. She also talks about the place that dreams and wishes have in creating change – specifically changes that are needed to improve our world. She asks the audience to ponder on their wish, reassuring them that they take their task very seriously. So seriously, that they indeed also encourage the audience to think about how they might make their “wish come true”…. . “Yes, Ladies and gentleman, how are you going to achieve world peace?”

The audience are then invited one at a time to share their wishes / hopes / dreams. Each wishmaker undergoes a period of preparation (a 7 minute guided journey inside “the preparation dome”). At the end of their preparation they are taken to the Sound Laboratory. Now ready to make their wish they first write it down on a ribbon and then The Voice Collector then records them speaking their wish. To consummate the wish the Wish Maker is asked to throw a coin into the Wishing Well. As soon as the coin hits the water in the Wishing Well the wish that was recorded will be immediately heard through the sound system. (The coin hitting the water triggers the sound sample of the wish that was recorded. This is done by a sample triggering system. We hear the actual person’s voice that was sampled by the Voice Collector).

The Voice Collector and The Wish Singer then perform the wish to the Wishmaker who has been placed in the special hanging “Listening Throne” which is raised by ropes into the air. The Wish Singer sings the words of the wish to the Voice Collector’s improvised live looping of various layers of sound using sound samples that have been collected at The Wishing Well over time. This is totally improvised as the words have just been collected in front of the audience. At various times the wish recorded by the Wish Maker can be triggered by throwing a coin into the well. The genre of music can vary from Jazz to rock, ambient to funk, soundscape to reggae depending of the mood of the night and the wish itself and the particular energy of the “Wishmaker”. At the end of the wish song the “Listening Throne” is lowered and the Wishmaker returns to their place and a new person is invited into the Preparation Dome and a new wishmaker exits the preparation Dome to record their wish in the Sound Laboratory.

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