On the road again

Hefted will be visiting villages and rural communities around England this autumn, thanks to an Arts Council National Lottery Grant. We look forward to more of the fascinating conversations that the production sparked when we performed in Devon villages last year.

The tour has been much delayed by the pandemic but it looks as though we’ll finally get to Cumbria and County Durham at the beginning of November with performances in Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Worcestershire later in the month. These performances are organised by three Rural Touring Schemes, namely Arts Out West, Highlights and Live & Local. Details of time and place are on our website: schedule.

As we re-rehearse the play in preparation for the tour, we’re acutely aware of the changes wrought by getting-on for two years of living with covid-19. Many of us have re-evaluated our lives in big ways and small over this period and Hefted feels to be a part of that continuing process.

Further information about the play

Responding to Hefted

Tony Fisher – Arts Council England supported artist – picked up a Hefted leaflet in Belper and has taken up our invitation to add to our gallery. Fabulous photos of sheep-related moments and a link to cheese manufacturing. Thank you Tony – we hope we can catch up with you on Saturday (13th Nov) at the Strutts Community Centre in Belper.

Link to Cheese Snaps: https://www.flickr.com/gp/photony/393hq2

Pictures with the words

Beaford are curating a display of photographs from their archive to accompany the performances. This is the archive where playwright David Lane found inspiration for some of the stories in Hefted. The images are by renowned photographer James Ravilious and Oscar-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins.

The photograph of the scarecrow is by Roger Deakins – and is here to whet your appetite!

We’d love to create a gallery of scarecrows. If you’ve got images please send them as email attachments and we’ll put them up on the blog.

Photograph by Roger Deakins for the Beaford Archive