A Clockwinder’s Tale

On May 17th and 18th, Voices Across Time (VaT) invite you to their original family-friendly musical that will take you on a tale into the depths of Adderbury’s history, unwinding an age old mystery that has defined the community  from the 1880’s to this very day.

Commissioned by Friends of St Mary’s Adderbury (FOSMA), A Clockwinder’s Tale will be Voices Across Time’s second original work for FOSMA following on from their sellout 2017 show, ‘Christmas Across Time’, which has since gone on to be released as an extended version by Ninth Wave Audio Productions.

Paying homage to such a significant building, A Clockwinder’s Tale has been inspired by Adderbury church’s gargoyles, history and especially its Carillon: a life-size music box whose daily different tune represents a different aspect of village life.

The sleepy village of Adderbury  is punctuated by the sudden arrival of a city journalist hell-bent on unearthing the 200 year mystery of ‘The Vanishing Woman’. But the announcement of their shock nomination in the ‘Village of the Year’ award overshadows her efforts and she is ignored by all, except for two inquisitive village children. With the help of these children the story of Adderbury’s Clockwinder slowly unravels where lost secrets, uncomfortable truths and forbidden loves start to be exposed. Yet, underneath these seeming deceits lies something more magical that has united the community of Adderbury for the past two hundred years and is still heard today…

A Clockwinder’s Tale will be performed at St. Mary’s Church, Adderbury on Friday 17th May 7:30pm and Saturday 18th May 7:30 as well as a Community Matinee Performance at 2:30pm, Saturday 18th May. This Community Matinee Performance is designed to have a relaxed and accessible environment where the younger and older audiences are encouraged to attend a Q&A session after the show with a chance to meet the cast and find out about the stories of the church and theatre life.

Joseph Cummings, Voices Across Time’s Musical Director and Co-writer comments, “A Clockwinder’s Tale is VaT’s first site specific musical – where we have taken elements of Adderbury and St Mary’s history, and woven it into a mystery!  .Its will be rather magical for  the cast and creatives to rehearse and perform amongst the gargoyles and ghosts of the building itself. 


When: Friday 17th May 2019 at 7:30, Saturday 18th May 2019 at 2:30* and 7:30 

*Community performance with Q&A, meet-and-greet the cast following the performance

Where: St Mary the Virgin Church, Adderbury OX17 3LP

Tickets: email boxoffice@voicesacrosstime.com or call 07532446665 to reserve.

Cost: £12.00 Adult Ticket | £25 Family Ticket (Admits 2 Adults plus Children)


FOSMA were set up in 2009 to raise money for the repair and upkeep of the church and to date, they have raised over £129,000.  For more information visit: https://fosmaadderbury.weebly.com/