The stories are inspired by the nature and creatures hidden inside the Custom House – the eels in John Abbott’s ornate plaster ceiling, the unicorn in the heraldic shield in the main room and the eagles lurking within one of the stamps used to mark the bales of wool. Some of the stories have travelled a long way to be here, just like the goods that used to flow up and down the river Exe, passing through the Custom House on their journey.
Part 1: Eel
Katy spins the natural history and folklore of the eel into a performance piece, inspired by the eels wriggling across the plaster ceiling of the Custom House. Suitable for all ages.
Part 2: Eagle
Katy tells the Zuni legend of a Boy and his Eagle, inspired by the eagle carved into the tillet block on display in the Exeter Custom House.
Part 3 Unicorn
Grimm’s Brave Little Tailor meets the Lady and the Unicorn. Katy mixes folktale with mythology in a joyful tale that celebrates those who dare venture into the forest. Inspired by the unicorn in the heraldic shield on the wall of Exeter Custom House. Suitable for all ages.