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Listen to the earth around you

  • 24-26 September 2021
  • Symondsbury Estate

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We hear geology all the time but we might not realise that we are doing so.

Geophonic is a brand new work, premiered at Inside Out Dorset Festival by our Associate Artist, Dorset-based creative and performer Lorna Rees.

She has created an interactive sound walk experience, a journey through Symondsbury Estate that will make you more aware of your surroundings. Using bespoke Geophones that Lorna has had crafted locally, you’ll be guided to stop and listen at various points where you will encounter surprises of a geological nature! Some of what you hear will be naturally occurring, some made by human voice and some with augmented sound and music.

Geophonic is about recognising how geology shapes our landscape and remembering that humans are part of nature too.

There will be performances at 11:00AM, 1:00PM and 3:00PM each day. Each performance lasts approx 1hr.

The work involves a 2.5km walking route of varied terrain.

Please note, there is limited capacity for performances of Geophonic at Symondsbury Estate. We’re asking you please to sign up to see the show at our Activate branded gazebo near the cafe at Symondsbury Estate if you’d like to see the performance

Listen to the Geophonic Podcast below

Download the podcast here


Igneous: Martin Bonger

Metamorphic: Remi Oriogun-Williams

Sedimentary (Chalk): China Blue Fish

Sedimentary (Coal): Lorna Rees

Quartz: Louise Wilcox

Human: Adam Coshan


Creator/Director: Lorna Rees

Earth Scientist & Key Collaborator: Dr Anjana Khatwa

Costume Design: Adele Keeley

Assistant Design and Costume Creation: Sarah Dicks

Rock Head-dresses: Darrell Wakelam

Digital Textile Creation: Becca Stevenson and Charlotte Baxter

Geophone Product Design Consultant: Liam O’Brien

Geophone Fabrication: Ben Bailey (Metal Spinning Direct), Julian Hoare and Jason Holloway (Ferndown Finishing)

Sound and Music: Matt Shaw, Laura Reid, Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne and Ricci Riccardi

Photography: Jayne Jackson

Podcast: Jo Tyler



Geophonic is supported by Arts Council EnglandDCMSDorset CouncilDorset AONBJerwood ArtsSymondsbury Estate, Arts University Bournemouth ERDF programme, The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, Artful Scribe, The Garrick Club Charitable Trust, The Leche TrustLAND and The Green Carpet.


The terrain for this performance route is hard standing with gravel, including both fairly flat, undulating and some steeper hill sections. Performance walking distance one way is approximately 2.5km to end of the performance, which is then another 2.5km return to the Front of House and parking. Some seating will be available but please note, pauses along the journey are fairly short.

Further access information can be found through the ‘plan your visit’ link below.

Plan Your Visit

With the current climate crisis, we try to work in a greener way and understand that we all need to be part of the solution in protecting our planet. We encourage you to consider how you get to the festival and adapt to ‘greener’ ways if possible. Follow this link to plan your visit and read full access information.

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