Since the earliest times there has been a strong, almost a magical connection between people and horses.

We can see it in paleolithic cave-paintings of wild horses, we can see it in the reverence paid to the horse in Celtic culture, just as we can see it in old black and white footage of farm labourers working their ploughs with teams of shires. It is a relationship that has continued through history, and it is only over the last seventy years that the connection has been severed for most of us by the supplanting of the horse by the internal combustion engine.

But we feel it instinctively still; when we are in the presence of horses an old memory is wakened in us.

This programme of words and music explores and celebrates the ancient relationship between human and horse. It also explores what we have lost by being out of touch with ‘horse presence’.  

Using story, poetry, song and music it evokes the companionship and the mystery, the sense of otherness that horses conjure in us.

Adults 14+

Hugh Lupton’s interest in traditional music, street theatre, poetry, and myth resulted in him becoming a professional storyteller in 1981. His many collaborations have included work with Chris Wood, Sam Sweeney, Ben Haggarty, Sally Pomme Clayton, Rick Wilson, Nick Hennessey & Daniel Morden.

He tells stories from many cultures, but his particular passion is for the hidden layers of the British landscape and the stories and ballads that give voice to them. His published work includes two novels, many collections of folk-tales & most recently a collection of stories and essays ‘The Dreaming of Place’.