Take a journey through Europe with Mother Danube

Photo: Gabor Gergely

Last year, renowned storyteller Sally Pomme Clayton and musician Emma Clare were commissioned to create Mother Danube to perform during Totally Thames 2018 by the European Commission Representation in the United Kingdom to mark the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.

Mother Danube was performed at 5 incredible sites along The River Thames, including Hermitage Moorings, Arts Ark, The Golden Hinde, Watermen's Hall and 2 Temple Place, taking audience members on a journey from the Black Forest to the Black Sea.

To create Mother Danube, Sally Pomme Clayton wove together history, myth, geography, and fairy tale to evoke the river, imagining The Danube as a woman, journeying from sparkling maiden drowning sailors; to powerful mother giving life to fish, plants, birds; to wise old crone who has seen everything. Emma Clare wove music through the stories, inspired by Bartok, Serbian folk-song, Hungarian dances, Bulgarian children’s songs. And of course Strauss’s Blue Danube.

On Friday June 7, you can watch Mother Danube as it is performed again at its next unique location, The Cutty Sark.

Check out the film below to find out more about Mother Danube

  • “Performing at sunset on floating barges near Tower Bridge, as water lapped around us, and as the bridge opened, was an unforgettable experience”
    ​Sally Pomme Clayton
  • “Absolutely captivating and magical, both the performance and the setting”
    Mother Danube audience member

> Buy tickets for Mother Danube as it is performed again at The Cutty Sark.