Jack Scout was a walking performance specific to Jack Scout, a heath in Silverdale, Lancashire, overlooking Morecambe Bay. The project was conceived and directed by Nigel Stewart and Louise Ann Wilson, and was performed twice a day over ten days between 17 and 26 September 2010. Audiences of 17 at a time were led by two guides through the heath, along the shore line and over the beach as live music, dance, voice and art evoked its land, sands, skies and sea. Woven into these impressions was the story of the Matchless, a pleasure boat that was shipwrecked in 1895 with the loss of 34 lives.
The performance was researched through four “Dialogues” with the place and people with specialist knowledge of that place, from National Trust wardens, plant ecologists and ornithologists, to cross bay guides and fishermen, and children from a nearby residential school and other users of the place.
The project has been documented through a website (v.s.), has generated a film, and was funded by Arts Council England, Nuffield Theatre, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and Lancaster City Council.