Hampton Folk Tales

Creating the legends and myths of Hampton

Now, you may have heard the tales of the Fen Tigers that once roamed the flatlands to the east of Peterborough; you might know of the legend of Robin Goodfellow; you may even have seen a giant black dog running through the peat fields in pitch black; but you probably haven't ever heard of a folk tale from Hampton. Well, now all that's about to change…”

This year Eastern Angles and Peterborough’s Lamphouse Theatre are joining forces to help the residents of Hampton create a folk history.

The newly developed township of Hampton is built on Peterborough’s old brick pits. It’s a busy, thriving area full of people from all walks of life. It has schools, shopping centres, churches, parks, even our very own Undercroft theatre, but it doesn’t have any folklore. It’s so new, it has no myths, no legends.

The fens is an area full of unusual and mysterious tales and it didn't seem fair that Hampton was missing out! People from all over Hampton will join professional artists for workshops and activity days to create mythical characters, new legends and folk stories; there’s something for everyone! Workshops will all take place between June and August.

Budding musicians can join singer-songwriter Kerry Devine in a workshop to create a song about Hampton’s folk history.

Those who prefer to put pen to paper can come along to our writing folk tales workshop with local writer Becky Owen-Fisher.

Or if you’d rather listen to some tales, join us for storytelling around the campfire with Lamphouse Theatre.

Crafty souls might like to team up on our puppet workshop to help design and build Hampton’s Giant.

And if you’re feeling adventurous join us on a creative walk around Hampton; choose from walking with a photographer, a storyteller or an historian.

Finally, if you love the limelight, this could be your chance to shine. All the stories, songs, art and puppets that are created will be showcased in a festival on Saturday 16th September and we’ll be looking for performers!

The festival will begin with a procession from the Tump to the Undercroft in Serpentine Green. Hampton’s very own Giant will lead community groups in the procession. It will be an exciting, colourful and magical experience!

Hampton’s folk tales will be performed with young people in the Undercroft and Kerry Devine’s song will be performed by a community choir. There will also be a mystical trail around Hampton on the day, created by CSK Church. 

Hampton Folk Tales - Dates in brief

  • Thursday 1st June - Saturday 3rd June - 10:00 - 16:00 - Half Term Theatre Workshop

Three days working with UROCK Youth Theatre and Hampton young people to workshop and play with creating legends and myths for Hampton and creating a work-in-progress performance to be presented at the Hampton Folk Tales Project Launch.

  • Saturday 3rd June - 18:00 - 20:00 - Hampton Folk Tales Launch

Invited guests & residents of the Hampton area are presented with a performance, a drink and a discussion about the project and how they can be involved. Take a look at the Facebook event: http://bit.ly/2qxMCoM

  • Saturday 10th June - 10:00 - 18:00 - The Story Shack - Food Court, Serpentine Green

Tom Fox, theatre director and performer, and Luke Payn, visual artist, will be collecting words, stories and images from passers-by. They will collect interesting anecdotes and details about Hampton and use within the project.

  • Saturday 8th July - 13:00 - 15:00 - Writing Folk Tales Workshop - The Undercroft

Becky Owen-Fisher, playwright and writer, runs a workshop on creating, shaping and polishing a tale full of intrigue, imagination and magic.

  • Saturday 15th July - 10:00 - 18:00 - The Story Shack - Food Court, Serpentine Green

Tom Fox, theatre director and performer, and Luke Payn, visual artist, will be collecting words, stories and images from passers-by. They will collect interesting anecdotes and details about Hampton and use within the project.

  • Sunday 16th July - 13:00 - 15:00 - Creative Walk for Photographers - Start at The Undercroft

Tom Davies, photographer, will take you to Hampton’s best beauty spots to capture some creative shots. Just bring your camera and look for the unexpected. It is suitable for any level of photographer with any type of camera.

15:00 - 17:00 - The Big Picnic

Run by Kingsgate Church, Hampton Folk Tales activity TBC

  • Saturday 22nd July - 13:00 - 15:00 - Song Creation Workshop - The Undercroft

Kerry Devine, songwriter, takes you through how she writes a song.

  • Sunday 23rd July - 13:00 - 15:00 - Creative Walk for Storytellers

Tom Fox from Lamphouse Theatre takes you around Hampton to find the hidden tales. He may need your help as we discover the myths and legends never seen or heard of before.

  • Monday 28th August - Friday 1st September - Performance Workshop - Week Intensive – The Undercroft

An ensemble of young people and community performers rehearse a performance to be presented at Hampton Festival.

  • Saturday 16th September - 

14:00 - 14:15 - The Giant Wakes Up Performance - The Tump

Watch the giant wake up and come out of there home within the Tump. Make sure you’re there to see this one-off event!

14:15 - 15:00 - Procession - The Tump to The Green

Follow the giant through Hampton. Community groups, music and theatre travel through the streets to start the celebrations.

15:00 - 21:00 - HAMPTON FESTIVAL

Performances in The Undercroft, including Song of Hampton, Hampton Ensemble and interactive exhibition.

20th Birthday Party - Activities on the Green - curated by Peterborough Presents

Sound fun? We think so! 

Come and get involved and help us to create folk tales for Hampton!

More dates are on the way. In the meantime, if you are interested in taking part please e-mail Tom Fox at tom@lamphousetheatre.co.uk