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Homer’s Lane audio play by Gabriele Heller

Special event

Fri 15th September, Hexham Old Gaol

2pm, 3pm and 5pm £5 and £10

Homer's Lane is an audio play by Gabriele Heller, inspired by the life and work of Joseph Hedley (Joe the Quilter).

Join us at Hexham Old Gaol on Friday 15th September for a special broadcast and performance of ‘Homer’s Lane’ – a 40 min audio play by Gabriele Heller, inspired by the life and work of Joseph Hedley (Joe the Quilter).

About Homer’s Lane

Joe the Quilter was a typical representative of the rural cottage industry in the 1800. He attained wider recognition for his quilting skills and his tasteful design patterns. His work appeared to be very popular and some of his quilts were sent as far as America.

In 1826 Joe was brutally murdered in his own cottage. His gruesome death led to a murder inquiry and finally all his belongings were sold at an auction at Homer’s House.

Homer’s Lane explores our past and modern understanding of labour, quality and time and how this has shaped our society and the way we live today. It combines elements of true crime with themes of heritage, craftsmanship and life in rural communities.

About Water Music (performing as part of the evening performance)

Having played together for many years, bassist John Pope and violinist John Garner have been described by A Jazz Noise as ‘absolutely addictive’ and by The Jazz Mann as ‘nothing less than extra ordinary’.

Their 2022 album Water Music paid tribute to mid- to late-twentieth century artists who shook the world to its core, driving political and social change in their wake, including Jeanne Lee, Alice Coltrane, Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry.

In 2022 they appeared at Lancaster Jazz Festival and Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music, as well as venues in Bristol, Newcastle, Edinburgh, and Leeds and in August 2023 made their London debut at the internationally celebrated Cafe OTO.

Times

2pm – 2.50pm Audio Play and Meet the Writer – £5 per person

3pm – 3.50pm Audio Play and Meet the Writer – £5 per person

5pm – 7pm (special evening event) Audio Play, short break, then 1 hour live music performance of Water Music – £10 per person

Credits

Jane Arnfield: Narrator
Christina Cuthbertson: Female Pedlar, Young Women
Adele Evitt: Farmer’s Wife
David J Metcalf: Joe the Quilter
James Ryland: Reverend and Irish Man
Christopher Strain: Mr Forsyth and Auctioneer
Elijah Wheatley: Jack
Gabriele Heller: Writer and director
John Garner and John Pope: Music
Josh Ingledew and Chris Mcmanus: Sound engineers and recording Blank Studios, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

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Important Information

Tickets for Homers Lane are non-refundable and non-transferrable. In the unfortunate event of cancellation, all ticket holders will be emailed and notifications will be published on the Hexham Old Gaol website and social media channels as quickly as possible. If Museums Northumberland cancels the event, refunds will be processed within 14 days.

Hexham Old Gaol is dog friendly, but due to the nature of this event, it wouldn’t be suitable for pet dogs. Assistance dogs are welcome.

If you have any accessibility queries about visiting Hexham Old Gaol you can find out more on this website link Accessibility at Hexham Old Gaol – Museums Northumberland

Admission to Hexham Old Gaol is included with your ticket to this event. 

You can read more about Gabriele Heller and listen to a short preview of Homer’s Lane on Gabriele’s website Gabriele Heller

In the unfortunate event of cancellation, all ticket holders will be emailed and notifications will be published on the Hexham Old Gaol website and social media channels as quickly as possible.

If you have any other questions please email tickets@museumsnorthumberland.org.uk or call 01670 624523

Museum Address

Hall Gate,
Hexham,
Northumberland,
NE46 1XD

Opening Times

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday Closed
  • Wednesday 10am - 4pm
  • Thursday 10am - 4pm
  • Friday 10am - 4pm
  • Saturday 10am - 4pm
  • Sunday 10am - 4pm