OPENING NIGHT!

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:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b073qspv/look-north-north-east-and-cumbria-22032016

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.

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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: http://www.theatrebythelake.com/production/14224/The-Shepherd-s-Life

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:

http://www.theatrebythelake.com/production/14224/The-Shepherd-s-Life

New project – THE SHEPHERD’S LIFE

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:

http://www.cumbriacrack.com/2015/11/02/theatre-by-the-lake-seeks-stage-struck-locals/