Our Little Bit of Country in the Town
The delights of the allotment shed, how scrap is magicked into
paradise, and just what the vegetables get up to when your back is
Writer and singer Sally Goldsmith spent a growing season with
Sheffield's own urban peasants – admiring giant onions, chooking hens,
scribbling down recipes for roast beetroot, rooting around among scrap
wood and old window frames, and finding out just why allotments are so
addictive. Out of this she put together Plotters, a touring show and
CD of 12 new songs. Premiered to sell-out audiences in Sheffield and
Doncaster in October, the show is now touring the country.
The songs range in style from steamy tango to driving blues and
include stories of sexy potatoes, uses for your unwanted stair carpet,
and a hymn to the allotment shed.
"There is a stereotype of an allotment holder as an old man in a cap
who shouts at you." says Sally, "but I met all sorts of people all
using their allotments in extraordinary ways. I found artists,
community campaigners, organic prophets, pigeon fanciers, women,
children, therapeutic groups, old men of course, and some fantastic
"Allotments are a world apart, away from the daily grind, the tax man,
the TV, the Leisure Park. The people I met derived deep satisfaction
from having their bit of land, putting their stamp on it, making it
their own, protecting it - being urban peasants."
Plotters celebrates a special world – from growing to gathering, from
sprouts to slugs, from chemicals to compost. Stories, readings and
projected images form a backdrop to the evening. Sally is accompanied
by guitarist and singer Chris Foster and guest musicians. The project
has received funding from the Arts Council in Yorkshire.
The "Plotters" CD can be purchased at the shows and online for £10
(including P+P in the UK) from www.musoswire.com.
To find out more about "Plotters", please contact
PO Box 100
Tel 01427 628826