Today 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 or, if you haven’t yet done so, read the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Shepherds-Life-Tale-Lake-District/dp/0141979364/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1461397224&sr=8-1&keywords=rebanks+shepherd%27s
THE SHEPHERD’S LIFE at Theatre by the lake in Keswick still has a week to run, but all performances are already sold out. If you contact the box office, you can still get on the waiting list for returns:
David Upton, for The British Theatre Guide, has joined the list of reviewers keen to praise THE SHEPHERD’S LIFE at Theatre by the Lake in Keswick.
Read his review here:
The 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:
THE 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!
Clare Brennan from The Observer has added another 3 stars to the collection for THE SHEPHERD’S LIFE at Theatre by the Lake. The review is slightly less effusive than others have been, but is positive on the whole, and there is a nice mention for my score:
The local reviews have started to come in for THE SHEPHERD’S LIFE, and it’s another thumbs up – this time from Ken Powell in Egremont2day:
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 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: