Traces and Graces

Past Production
Traces and Graces
All is not as it seems at Whalton Manor Gardens. Tennis, croquet and horse riding have been transformed...a mysterious guide lures you on a journey of discovery. Inspired by stories and memories of a rarely seen Lutyens house and Jekyll garden.
11-13 September 2009

The performances were woven from a combination of historical information and memories of Whalton Manor House. They were inspired by the property’s heritage and architecture, and creatively explored the links between garden design, historical dance and heritage. With original music composed by Katie Doherty, the audience was invited to enter the garden through the beautiful central archway, rather as Alice was drawn into an alternative world through the looking-glass.

Together with professional artists, performers and local people the project included a series of promenade performances at privately owned Whalton Manor Garden during Heritage Open Days 2009 as well as research conducted by staff at the Northumberland Archives.

An arts and heritage project commissioned by Trading Places in partnership with the Northumberland Archives, Greater Morpeth Development Trust, Dance City, Whalton Manor House, Whalton First School and Whalton Village Hall.


Finalist, Best Event in Northumberland 2009, Journal Culture Awards.

Supported by

Heritage Lottery Fund, Northumberland County Council, Dance City, Greater Morpeth Development Trust and Arts Council England.

What people said

We were really moved and inspired by the performance and the setting – it was absolutely lovely. It was an added bonus to be introduced to Whalton and the Manor House and Gardens – absolutely beautiful place –A hidden gem.

Audience member.

Really, really interesting and brave way of bringing culture and heritage together...and at times very moving.

Audience member.