The Shepherd’s Life

In 2015 James Rebanks published a book about his life working the land in the Lake District fells. It was a hardhitting family saga; a Lakeland history that tore up the rule-book; a celebration of shepherding and a publishing sensation that topped The Sunday Times best-seller list.

The book was adapted for the stage by Chris Monks, and the production premiered at Theatre by the lake in Keswick on March 26th 2016.

Following the shepherd’s year through the seasons, from gruelling winters digging sheep out of the snow through to the heady excitement of lambing time in the spring, this new adaptation featured puppetry by Jimmy Grimes, music written by Richard Atkinson, and film, with professional actors performing alongside members of the local community.