Flat Holm Island
No Place Like (Flat) Holm
Llais, Bocs, Wales Millenium Centre
Thursday 27 - Sunday 30 October 2022
Penarth Pier Pavillion
Saturday 15 - Monday 17 April 2023
Lying in the Bristol Channel, just 3km off Lavernock Point (South Wales), is Flat Holm - Cardiff's own mystery island. Its shorelines are studded with secret caves, and its landscape hides stories of survival against all odds. It is a microcosm of Wales’ history. The buildings, remnants of military defenses and a former cholera isolation hospital, echo stories of loss, isolation and grief; a nation defending itself against invasion.
Now operating as a tourist attraction, bird sanctuary and Site of Special Scientific Interest it defends itself against the threat of climate change. Living off-grid and enduring the turn of the seasons across one year, this immersive film captures the story of one woman whose experience of chronic pain ignites a love affair with the island. Isolated and yearning to be heard this is an intimate duet that gives voice to the invisible pain of body and earth.
This filmed site-responsive work deeply inhabits and enlivens the hidden stories of Flat Holm’s landscape, scattered with wildflowers growing through the crumbling remains of centuries of human occupation, re-awakening them in the imagination of the public.
Told through the body and voice of a lone woman in chronic pain, across the cycle of a year’s turn, this is an intimate duet between broken body and damaged earth – the search for home/holm in Flat Holm’s brutal yet beautiful embrace.
Duration - 30 minutes
Runs on the hour and every half hour (see venue for details)