Meet Endo the earthworm! Endo is an endogeic earthworm who lives deep beneath the dark, damp earth. Endo feels safe under the ground. They have everything a worm could want - fresh clean earth to eat and all of their worm friends to talk to!
Endo never ever peeks their head above the ground, so it is very rare to spot them above the earth.
Endo likes listening to the trees talking to each other through their twisting roots about the world above ground - the world Endo has never visited. The trees’ wondrous stories come to life in Endo’s dreams. They tell tales of the amazing creatures who dance in the sun, alive with colour and song.
***Brand new pledge rewards!*** 24.07.2020
We are delighted to offer a brand new set of pledge rewards to help us reach our goal! We're close, but there's still a way to go, so we thought we'd offer our supporters the chance to own a beautiful original artwork by Katie Sommers, our puppet maker and illustrator.
- Supporters pledging £10 or over will receive either a) free CD of lute music by our wonderful Alex McCartney or b) a special wormery advice email to help you start worm composting
- Supporters pledging £25 will receive an A6 watercolour painting (mystery mini-beast)
- Supporters pledging £50 will receive an A5 watercolour painting (mystery mini-beast)
- Supporters pledging £60 can choose a 30 minute music lesson or either recorder, lute, cello or viol, via Zoom or Skype
- Supporters pledging £100 will receive an A4 watercolour painting (mystery mini-beast)
- Pledges of over £150 will receive an A4 watercolour painting of the bug or mini-beast of your choice!
Help us reach our target today and spruce up that empty space on your wall while you're at it!
We are a group of professional award-winning puppeteers and musicians who would like to make Endo’s dreams a reality in a series of short films featuring beautiful handmade puppets and special music played on rare and wonderful instruments.
Puppet theatre company Rust & Stardust will collaborate with musicians Tabea Debus , Jonathan Rees and Alex McCartney on this magical new story for nature and music lovers of all ages.
Working in partnership with UK conservation charities Buglife UK , The Earthworm Society of Great Britain and The Soil Association , we will create a cross-curricular experience for primary school age children.
We will make Endo’s dreams about the world above ground into five videos, each focusing on one of the small creatures Endo encounters. The fifth episode will showcase a custom-made surprise bug, which we will choose from suggestions submitted by our audience. All the videos will also feature some astonishing bug facts connected to Endo’s new friends from above the soil.
In addition, we will produce activity videos for the whole family to enjoy. These will include music (song, movement and rhythm games), crafts (make your own bug puppet) and creative writing.
The films will be released in the run up to World Earthworm Day (21 October 2020.)
But we need your help!
By making a small donation, you will enable us to bring this amazing combined arts project to life.
Tell us your favourite bug that you might find right here in the UK and let us know why you think this bug is so special.
Is it the silver-studded blue butterfly (Plebuejus argus), the red mason bee (Osmia bicornis) or maybe the incredible elephant hawk-moth (Deilephila Elphenor)?
Our favourite entry will be made into a beautiful puppet and join Endo on an adventure!
We are all passionate about the natural world and living and working sustainably, and we hope that with Endo the Earthworm’s help we can emphasise the importance of earth-dwelling organisms for soil fertility, habitats and food production, through music and other creative arts.
Thank you so much for your generous support!
- Anke Marsh
- Bernard Baverstock
- Susanne Dalhoff
- Eckhart Krumbeck
Fundraising team: Endo the Earthworm (5)
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