Hefted, a new play by David LaneÂ developed in partnership with Beaford, is at the Landmark Pavilion inÂ 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.
HeftedÂ was inspired by Beafordâ€™s oral history collection and work with local schools and communities.
Having produced a community version of the play with a 20-strong cast, multiÂ story were commissioned to develop, with David, a â€˜studioâ€™ version for a four-strong professional company.
They played, rehearsed, sang and re-imagined theirÂ way to what they have now: a wryly funny play, emotionally absorbing,Â interspersed with songs and a spectacular soundscape that brings big questions
about our relationship with the land tumbling onto the stage with passion, humourÂ and a huge heart.
Multi storeyÂ have played this version in village venues across DevonÂ and the response has been phenomenal. Theyâ€™re ready now to take theÂ production further afield.
Based in North Devon, multi storyÂ theatre companyÂ have spent the last 20 years creating new workÂ that responds to the times we live in.
They have toured their productionsÂ both nationally and internationally - including working with 20Â
different rural touring schemes across England and Wales.
AsÂ theatre creators and as audience members, theyâ€™re passionate about workÂ thatâ€™s rooted in the local but speaks of the universal - something thatÂ Hefted does effortlessly.
In addition to promoting high-quality live artsÂ events in North Devon, Beaford is theÂ custodian of an important photographicÂ record of rural life, the work of JamesÂ Ravilious and Roger Deakins.
ThisÂ archive was the starting point for DavidÂ Laneâ€™s research which included collectingÂ oral testimony from some of the people inÂ the photographs.
Beaford are also partners of the North Devon UNESCOÂ Biosphere Reserve which opened up otherÂ lines of conversation and inspiration.
Beaford are supporting the tour with a specially curated display available to eachÂ and every venue at least one week inÂ 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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