THE SHEPHERD'S LIFEToday sees the final two (sold out) performances of THE SHEPHERD’S LIFE. Huge thanks to all at Theatre by the Lake, and beyond, that have contributed to making the show such a success.

I am incredibly proud to have been a small part of the project. Chris Monks has done an amazing job in adapting James Rebanks’s remarkable book for the stage, and the puppet designs, and puppetry by Jimmy Grimes have helped bring the show to life in a truly magical fashion. Here’s hoping that there is a further life for the play, and that all the people who couldn’t get to Keswick, or indeed couldn’t get tickets, get the chance to see the show for themselves in the future.

In the meantime, you can follow James on Twitter @herdyshepherd1 or, if you haven’t yet done so, read the book:

“THE SHEPHERD’S LIFE is perfect piece of Theatre”

The-Shepherds-Life-6-1024x684The latest review for THE SHEPHERD’S LIFE at Theatre by the Lake is a rave from Karen Morley-Chesworth in the Westmorland Gazette. In it she says “This is the most perfect piece of theatre I’ve ever had the honour to watch”.

You can read the whole review here:

Amazing Twitter reactions to THE SHEPHERD’S LIFE

TBTL SHepherdTHE SHEPHERD’S LIFE at Theatre by the lake, Keswick, has been receiving loads of positive comments on Twitter. You can find most of them by searching for @tbtlake, @herdyshepherd1, #theshepherdslife or #shepherdslife.

Alternatively, you can follow me on Twitter: @RichAtkinsonMD, as I’ve been doing my best to retweet them all – in amongst tweets about Frank Zappa, Terry Pratchett, and Kettering Town!

THE SHEPHERD’S LIFE gets 4**** reviews from THE GUARDIAN and THE STAGE

TBTL SHepherdBoth Lyn Gardner in THE GUARDIAN, and Stephen Longstaffe in THE STAGE have given 4**** ratings for THE SHEPHERD’S LIFE.

You can read them here:

You can read more about the show, and buy tickets on the THEATRE BY THE LAKE website:


The opening night of THE SHEPHERD’S LIFE at Theatre by the Lake is finally upon us. We had a very appreciative full house for our preview last night, and we’ll be making a few last minute tweaks throughout today.

I think the strangest thing about tonight will be having several people who feature in the play actually in the audience, including the Herdwick Shepherd himself, James Rebanks!

Best wishes to everyone involved, and here’s to a great first night.

THE SHEPHERD’S LIFE features on BBC Look North

THE SHEPHERD’S LIFE was featured on today’s BBC Look North programme. The item is about 19 minutes into the programme. Unfortunately it doesn’t feature any of my music (just stock music in the background), but it does give a good feel for the show, and a sneaky preview of the fantastic puppets by Jimmy Grimes.

See the programme here: