“Sublime...a narrative stitched with the subtlety of an expert dressmaker celebrates family, nature and the ties that bind and goes on to pack a fierce political punch ⭐⭐⭐⭐”
Rowan premiered her new solo show Dispatches on the Red Dress at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this August. Co-written with Liam Hurley, performed and directed by Rowan herself, the show was a big hit in Edinburgh with sell-out audiences and 5 star reviews earning her a prestigious Fringe First Award as well as nominations for two other awards (the Carol Tambor ‘Best of Edinburgh’ Award and the Filipa Braganca Award for Best Emerging Female Artist).
This Autumn, Rowan takes this ambitious and deeply personal one-woman show on an 11 date national tour (dates below).
“Utterly spellbinding singing and narration... and as the red dress’ true origin unfolds, the revelation will leave you quietly breathless ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️”
Adventurous new writing meets the warmth of a folk gig in this heartfelt and personal one woman show, uniquely weaving immersive storytelling with live fiddle, banjo and original songs taken from Rowan's brand new genre-melding debut solo album The Lines We Draw Together (The Guardian's Folk Album of the Month).
Unravelling the joy and pain from a story of her grandmother’s youth in 1940's Germany, Rowan celebrates small acts of resistance and boldly asks a troubling question for our times: can hope for our future be found in the very darkest pockets of our history?
“classy anti-fascist art ⭐⭐⭐⭐ ”
— Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
Audience responses to Dispatches on the Red Dress:
“...beautiful, creative, engaging way of exploring past present and future. Loved the intimacy I felt, the humanity. Loved the picture painted. Really moving. Thankyou”
“...very moved by this performance especially the resonance with today. When you speak of seeing her reflection with the flames behind, I couldn't hold back the tears. Thankyou for the care and craft you have taken to weave this story and share with us”
“beautiful piece - structure was near perfect, as was the pace. There was a point (maybe more than one) where it nearly made me cry - but in a good way?”
“... I loved the show... the beauty recovered from the everyday, the agony of lives lived and remembered, and lives lived now! I loved the flow between song, more formal storytelling & less formal storytelling. As a format it worked beautifully for me. Very powerful. Wonderful. Moving”
“A masterful piece of storytelling!! And god knows, the world needs stories!!!"