A 600 year journey through the North Devon landscape is the subject of new community play Hefted in Swimbridge this Friday and Saturday.

The community cast of Hefted. Picture: BeafordThe community cast of Hefted. Picture: Beaford

Led by Multi-Story Theatre Company, a community cast at the Jubilee Hall will perform David Lane’s play about Devon’s past and future, inspired by pictures and interviews from the Beaford Archive and taking the audience from 1475 to 2075.

Saturday evening is already sold out, but there are tickets for Friday and a 2.30pm Saturday matinee has been added.

Hefted is timed to coincide with the UN Climate Negotiations in Poland and is part of Season for Change, in which organisations and artists across the UK spark conversations about the future of our planet through performances, exhibitions, talks, film screenings, workshops and events.

Leaping across landscapes and racing through eras from 1475 to 2075, Hefted will take you on an extraordinary journey through North Devon. 

A scene from rehearsal for community play Hefted at Swimbridge. Picture: BeafordA scene from rehearsal for community play Hefted at Swimbridge. Picture: Beaford

From Dolton in 1780 you’ll come to the Tarka Line in 1861, via the walking wind turbines in Bradworthy in 2005 and onto an imagined future at Lundy Island.

Inspired by conversations and interviews with people across North Devon, David has written about the connection we have to our land, the pull of our past and what it means for our future.

For tickets call Julie Whitton on 01271 830311 or email julie@theyews.org.uk .

Rehearsals for new community play Hefted at Swimbridge. Picture: BeafordRehearsals for new community play Hefted at Swimbridge. Picture: Beaford