‘The Shearing Gang’

Our community play in partnership with Dogwood Productions, Sterts Theatre and Trebah Amphitheatre involving local performers working with a professional cast.

This is a brand-new play with lots of music and song.

Each summer a group of young people gather to work the summer. Never stationary, they work, travel and share life together.

They could almost be a band.

Always on the road, The Shearing Gang, brings together a disparate group of young people, some brought up on the land, others escaping the city.

Their journey takes them to Bodmin Moor, passing close to the ancient stone circles, Hurlers’ Stones.

Four hundred years ago a different group of people were gathered on the same site, as the unmarried women were sent out from the community to tend to the livestock on the summer pastures. Mystically, the past and present become entwined.

The show is written by Graham Harvey, the man responsible for many of the memorable characters and storylines in BBC Radio 4’s The Archers, where he contributed over 600 episodes.

His stage plays include No Finer Life, The Process, and The Darkness of the Sun, the story of writer Henry Williamson.

His TV work includes The Bill and his journalism includes writing for The Sunday Times, Daily Mail, New Scientist and Country Life, and for three years he wrote the Old Muckspreader column in Private Eye.

The music is composed by Alastair Collingwood, a composer for over 30 years and has written scores for numerous theatre shows, including Betty in London’s West End, directed by Kathy Burke. He also wrote the music for Cora with Dana Gillespie, which played the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith and toured the USA. His TV credits include the title music for French and Saunders (BBC1); the sitcoms, Mad About Alice (BBC 1) and Rhona (BBC 2); plus Vanessa’s Real Lives (ITV 1).

The direction team comprises Antony Bellekom and Phil Croft.

* Join us for an exclusive pre-show chat at 6.45pm, hosted by the writer, Graham Harvey and The Shearing Gang director, Antony Bellekom. Discover the background to the project and how a new drama is created.

When you book tickets you can also order pre-show delicious hot food.

Veggie curry (gluten and dairy free) with Naan and yoghurt £5.50, Jacket potato with veggie curry £6.50 and jacket potato with grated cheese and butter £5.50. Follow the link when you book tickets.

Book online or call the box office on 01726 879500