Stories that span 600 years of a deep connection with the land

North Devon Gazette

Hefted, a new play by David Lane developed in partnership with Beaford, is at the Landmark Pavilion in Ilfracombe on Saturday, March 12.

Produced by multi storey theatre company, the play is a story in nine scenes - hurtling through 600 years of life in the dynamic landscape of North Devon and beyond into the near future.

Hefted was inspired by Beaford’s oral history collection and work with local schools and communities.

Having produced a community version of the play with a 20-strong cast, multi story were commissioned to develop, with David, a ‘studio’ version for a four-strong professional company.

They played, rehearsed, sang and re-imagined their way to what they have now: a wryly funny play, emotionally absorbing, interspersed with songs and a spectacular soundscape that brings big questions
about our relationship with the land tumbling onto the stage with passion, humour and a huge heart.

Multi storey have played this version in village venues across Devon and the response has been phenomenal. They’re ready now to take the production further afield.

Based in North Devon, multi story theatre company have spent the last 20 years creating new work that responds to the times we live in.

They have toured their productions both nationally and internationally - including working with 20Â
different rural touring schemes across England and Wales.

As theatre creators and as audience members, they’re passionate about work that’s rooted in the local but speaks of the universal - something that Hefted does effortlessly.

In addition to promoting high-quality live arts events in North Devon, Beaford is the custodian of an important photographic record of rural life, the work of James Ravilious and Roger Deakins.

This archive was the starting point for David Lane’s research which included collecting oral testimony from some of the people in the photographs.

Beaford are also partners of the North Devon UNESCO Biosphere Reserve which opened up other lines of conversation and inspiration.

Beaford are supporting the tour with a specially curated display available to each and every venue at least one week in advance of the event.Â

Hefted is at the Landmark Pavilion, Ilfracombe, at 7.30pm on Saturday, March 12. For tickets, visit www.queenstheatre-barnstaple.com

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