World Book Day

Today is world book day, so it’s another excuse (if one were needed) to check out THE SHEPHERD’S LIFE, and THE ILLUSTRATED HERDWICK SHEPHERD – both by James Rebanks.


If you enjoy them, then book your tickets to see THE SHEPHERD’S LIFE on stage at Theatre by the Lake in Keswick this March / April:


Rehearsals begin for THE SHEPHERD’S LIFE

CcfN88TWIAAGgATRehearsals began this week for THE SHEPHERD’S LIFE at Theatre by the Lake in Keswick.

Week 1 will be taken up with looking at the text with Writer and Director, Chris Monks, and working with the fabulous puppeteer, Jimmy Grimes.


I’ll be heading for Keswick next week, to throw some singing into the mix!

Tickets are already selling well.

You can find more information about the show, and buy tickets here:

Booking opens for THE SHEPHERD’S LIFE

herdyBooking has now opened for THE SHEPHERD’S LIFE, which opens on March 25th at Theatre by the lake in Keswick. This new adaptation features film, puppetry and music, with professional actors performing alongside members of the local community in a story that will fascinate and enlighten as much as entertain. Read more, and find out how to book tickets here:


Chris-Monks-with-a-flock-of-Herdwick-sheep-at-Fornside-Farm-St.-Johns-in-the-Vale.-Photography-by-Steve-Barber.I am delighted to announce that I will be writing the music for THE SHEPHERD’S LIFE, which will be performed at Theatre By The Lake, Keswick, from the 26th March to the 23rd April 2016.

The play is an adaptation of the best selling book by James Rebanks.

Rebanks is the Herdwick Shepherd, whose account of shepherding has a strong following on Twitter – @herdyshepherd1. His family have farmed in the same area for six hundred years.

Winning the rights to dramatise The Shepherd’s Life is a triumphant coup for Theatre by the Lake and the show will be adapted and directed by Chris Monks.

The full press release can be read here: