Doors open at 7pm, programme begins at 7.30 sharp

(£5 entry on the door)

The Light & Shadow Salon presents:

The Stories of Rust- a multimedia performance presented by Herefordshire’s Avocado Music Productions

The Stories of Rust will be presented live for the first time, including a performance and reading of the final chapter by the author.

Jeremy Creighton Herbert and Mikey Kirkpatrick created Avocado Music Productions in 2002 and have been composing together under the pseudonym A*M~P since. After releasing their third studio album they discovered a rusting threshing machine high up in the hills of Herefordshire. This machine became the compositional tool, instrument and central character for what was to become The Stories of Rust; a magical realist tale presented with sound, illustration, film and text through a monthly online blog. The project consists of eleven chapters written by Jeremy, eleven sound pieces composed by A*M~P with the exception of “Bare Brittle Bones” by sound artist Mark Peter Wright, as well as eleven original illustrations and a short film by Chiara Ambrosio. The project also includes performance contributions by violinist Haruko Motohashi, Soprano Nathalie Chalkley, Singer Lucy Rigby, Weston Under Penyard Bell Ringers and the Unicorn Singers of Llangattock.

In this tale of historical fiction Paul Peters wakes up one winter Sunday morning to find that past local heroes and villains from the nascent industrial revolution have merged with his own present day confusions. This nightmare seems to coincide with the extraordinary appearance of a rogue threshing machine in the hills of South Herefordshire England. Peters is privy to all the ups and downs, loves and battles of an honourable but struggling farming community that faces an agricultural upheaval the like of which has not been seen before. He comes to realise that this parable centres on his own family’s inability to come to terms with a childhood tragedy. Will he begin to distinguish between the real and the imagined events? Will he grasp this opportunity to avert his crumbling life by reconciling the gaping rift between him and his father and thereby begin to overcome his self inflicted guilt?


The Light & Shadow Salon is a place for artists, writers and audience to meet and share ideas about the past, present and future of the moving image in all its forms.

The Salon is a place for exchange, interaction and cross-pollination and it welcomes active contributions and interventions from all its participants.

The Salon endeavours to support a structured and informed dialogue around film, the moving image and all that it involves: from magic to science, from sound to the eye, from ritualism to storytelling, from myth-making to hypnosis.

The Salon intends to act as a temporary and ephemeral container  for all the work, ideas and people with an independent, radical and idiosyncratic nature, who renounce to find a home in existing movements/institutions but rather embrace the nomadic and transitory nature of art.

The Salon supports individual thought, inquisitive minds and a desire to further knowledge through dialogue and exchange.

‘So when you hear yourself invited to ‘see’, it is not the sight of this eye (of the flesh) that I would have you think about. You have another eye within, much clearer that that one, an eye that looks at the past, the present, and the future all at once, which sheds the light and keenness of its vision over all things, which penetrates things hidden and searches into complexities, needing no other light by which to see all this, but seeing by the light that it possesses itself.’

(Hugh of St Victor)