thethirdthing 2016


In 2012 Stainsby Festival hosted a new venture: Earthwork was a series of walks and talks that explored the landscape of the festival – both physical and mental – for traces and clues. The Project had its home in a new tent, equipped for spoken word and film presentations.  The venue itself has gone under various names since and has now settled on thethirdthing. The strand of work that it hosts has also gone under different working titles from year to year:  Earthwork; The Table of Memory; The Commons; Theatre of Memory. All of these names evoke aspects of what we have been discovering this project to be. In terms of format, it has lived in and through walks, talks, films, readings, poems, songs, discussion & debate.

The community of the festival faces some big choices this year about land, ownership &
sustainability. In the midst of engaging with these choices we meet on the land. This year’s theme is ‘Rough Magic’.


Friday 5.30pm

First Things First

The start of thethirdthing with Leech

Saturday  7pm

Is this Space Free? A conversation with the presenters of the Saturday Sessions: The Radio Ballads – Peter Cox; Telling it like it is: Trevor Carter; Tony Walsh on Ruskin hosted by Leech

Sunday 11am – 1.30pm 

The Earthwork Walk with Chris Ellis and Leech

The Staff“But this rough magic I here abjure, and, when I have required Some heavenly music, which even now I do, To work mine end upon their senses that this airy charm is for, I’ll break my staff, Bury it certain fathoms in the earth, And deeper than did ever plummet sound I’ll drown my book.” The Tempest V:I

Sunday 3pm-4pm

The Last Thing on My Mind

dialogue with Leech


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