Archive: Land and Sea

ARCHIVE: Land and Sea

A Song Cycle through the Seasons

by Writer Nessah Muthy, Singer/Songwriter Catherine Ireton and Director Helena Bell in collaboration with participants from Chestnut View Care Home & The Alzheimer’s Society, Haslemere.  Designed by Sophia Lovell Smith.

September is World Alzheimer’s Month and to mark this, Pursued by a Bear has produced the song cycle ARCHIVE  in association with Waverley Borough Council.  ARCHIVE is our contribution to the International 2015  ‘Remember Me’ campaign which encourages people all around the world not to forget about loved ones who are living with dementia, or those who may have passed away.

ARCHIVE: Land and Sea has been created from a month long series of workshops – It is a unique and personal testimony to the people we have met. Working from verbatim recordings – ARCHIVE is a specially composed, sung, participatory performance, celebrating and archiving our collective memories of gardens and seascapes through the four seasons.

Funded by Waverley Borough Council; The National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund; Surrey Community Foundation and Surrey County Council.


Above: Photo of Catherine Ireton



Performer/Singer – Catherine Ireton

with Chestnut View Care Home Residents and Day Care Users of The Alzheimer’s Society, Marjorie Grey Hall, Haslemere.

Writer – Nessah Muthy

Composer – Catherine Ireton

Director – Helena Bell

Design – Sophia Lovell Smith

Film – Grant Watson

Director of Photography – David Rafique

Stills Photographer – Alex Harvey-Brown

Company Stage Manager – Jo Abram

Project Manager – Charlotte Hall – Arts Officer – Waverley Borough Council




Outdoor Performance at:

Marjorie Gray Garden,  Alzheimer’s Society, Haslemere  – 23rd September 2015.



“A huge and heartfelt thanks for last Wednesday’s performance and all the hard work and energy you put it into making the Archive project so successful…. the garden provided a lovely and intimate setting for the performance and the sound quality was brilliant! I also loved the four songs, they were uplifting and fun and you could definitely hear the contributions from the participants… the whole afternoon had a really lovely atmosphere…. a brilliant team!”

Charlotte Hall – Arts Officer – Waverley Borough Council




Porchway with hanging vegetables Lovely close up of Catherine * The Garden before hand Lucy Johnson with Carer Denise and Maggie Writer - Nessah Muthy Lena, Catherine & Peas. JPG picnic with bunting Godalming Mayor * Nice smile from participant with Sophia Teddy & Elsie - great photo Teddy & Elsie laughing with bunting *  Catherine profile through riubbon * Charloytte Anne & Catherine laughingSophia and Catherine getting ready *Thomas Kell - PBAB BoardGrant & David (Black & White)Helena Bell in audience Joy Vulcarel - Alzheimer's SocietyCatherine in action *Lilly with fan an babnana shakerCatherine at keyboard with audienc *ARCHIVE participantsCatherine with Bird (Black & White)Audience coming

Carer Karen with participantyCharlotte Hall Waverley Borough Arts OfficerCatherine concentrating *




Photos by Alex Harvey-Brown