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:

1st review in for THE SHEPHERD’S LIFE

The first review for THE SHEPHERD’S LIFE came in this morning on BBC radio Cumbria. I think they liked it!

You can listen to it here (about 38 mins into the programme):

Also on the programme is a review of the other show that’s on at THEATRE BY THE LAKE at the moment: THE PROFESSOR OF ADVENTURE, written by, and starring PETER MACQUEEN. The show is virtually sold out at Theatre by the Lake, but you can catch it on tour at various locations around Cumbria.