MUSICAL AUDIO PLAY FROM ABOVE IN THE TOWER
The speaking clock is a crazy story that is called to life by a narrator and a couple of actors. The story is peppered with singing and carillon music.
A swinging bell comes to life and addresses itself directly to bystanders. The bell is after all the main character in an old legend that tells the story that the bell started to chime itself when a priest arrived at the abbey with a bleeding consecrated wafer. But is the blood real? The consecrated wafer is subjected to a thorough investigation; experts are consulted, the one already more doubtful than the other.
This audio play at height is a surreal experience for the audience, that unsuspectingly falls into the story and deliberately sits down for it. The musical story whirls about the rooftops of the town and thus enters the living rooms of the houses and descends on terraces…
NOT WITH CARILLON ON WHEELS
The ‘speaking bell’ is no visual experience. That’s why we only perform this from the carillon in the tower and thus from height. The actors join the carillonneur in the tower. The story is told and performed from the tower.
Down on the ground a cosy listening spot is created for the public, a spot where it’s calm and quiet so that the people can follow the story well.
BELLS OF 700 YEAR IN HASSELT
We found the inspiration for this story in the old legend of the abbey of Herkenrode. It’s the story of the bell of the abbey church, (which doens’t exist anymore) started to chime on its own when the priest entered the abbey carrying the bleeding consecrated wafer.
Nowadays this bell hangs in the carillon tower of the Saint-Quinten cathedral in Hasselt. In 2017 we contributed to the festivities of this anniversary with this audio play.
We performed with people from Hasselt: Leendert De Vis, known from the musical world (e.g. Scrooge) and Kim Versteynen, a singer known in the jazz scene.
With minor adaptations this audio play can be performed anywhere.