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Hazel Askew


After the Garden

14 Feb 2024



Sino Thai

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After the Garden

This one-woman show tells the story of an English folk singer in crisis, having built her career and identity on an art form she’s not sure she still believes in. When she makes a final pilgrimage to the wild garden of her recently passed Grandad, through memory and song she is forced to interrogate how her nostalgia for him and this childhood paradise is intrinsically linked to her own folk-related struggles. She wrestles with Englishness, colonialism, our disconnection with environment and her conflicting identity as a modern Londoner/singer of old rural songs – will she turn her back on folk, or will she find that there is still power and purpose to the past?

This performance will be a rehearsed reading with some songs.

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Wednesday, 14 February 2024

Sino Thai

Sino Thai

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Access features:

No Step-free Access

Age guidance:


Running time:

60 minutes

Festival strand:

Theatre & Performance

Thought Provoking, Poignant


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Hazel Askew

Hazel Askew is a singer, multi-instrumentalist and composer from London, creating music inspired by the folk traditions of England and beyond.

She is a respected performer on the folk scene, most notably with BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominated trio Lady Maisery and traditional duo The Askew Sisters. With them, she has toured folk festivals, arts centres and venues in the UK and Europe, had albums critically acclaimed in the national press, performed live on BBC Radio 2, 3 + 4 (Front Row, Woman’s Hour, World on 3, In Tune, Folk Show, The Early Music Show) and was recently a guest on the BBC Radio 3 Desert Island Discs style show ‘This Classical Life’. She’s been three times nominated for BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and was part of the 10 woman supergroup Songs of Separation who won Best Album at the 2017 BBC Folk Awards. Lady Maisery’s most recent album ‘tender’entered the Official Indie Album Charts at number 18, the Official Indie Album Breakers Chart at number 3 (rare accolades for British folk) before spending a whole year in the Official Folk Chart's top 40. 

Outside of the music world, Hazel was a performer in Sky/HBO/Punchdrunk’s Bafta nominated 12 hour live broadcast ‘The Third Day’ and was recently associate musical director and an actor musician on the no. 1 UK tour of Fisherman’s Friends The Musical. She was composer and musical director on Darren Ellis Dance’s shows ‘The Long Walk Home’ and ‘Running World’, Ben Crystal’s Shakespeare Ensemble’s ‘Macbeth’, ‘Twelfth Night’ and ‘Henry V’, Shakespeare in Styria’s ‘King Lear’, as well as More Film’s shorts ‘Intenational Men’s Day’ and the trilogy ‘Tales’.

Hazel is currently support by Arts Council England DYCP fund.

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Praise for previous work (Lady Maisery and The Askew Sisters)

The Times**** ‘- a beguiling blend of ancient and modern’

The Guardian - ‘Beautiful, uncanny and subtly political songs’

Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 - ’Gifted multi-instrumentalists, singers and writers’

The Independent - ‘A powerful new album'

Songlines **** - ‘The Askew Sisters have released some of the most striking folk music of recent years’

Folk Radio UK - ‘The Askew Sisters are one of the most refreshing and exciting acts in folk music, and Enclosure is set to be one of the albums of the year’


Performer and writer: HAZEL ASKEW

Writing collaborator: ROB THORMAN

A Pinch of VAULT is a festival of brand new and work-in-progress performance. Shows will be at varying stages of development, including rehearsed readings with script in hand, first time on its feet or semi-staged.


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