the world première of

The Shepherd’s Life

by James Rebanks

adapted by Chris Monks

Showing Sat 26 March – Sat 23 April Previews Fri 25 March

The Shepherd’s Life

This production ended on 23/04/2016

Synopsis

In 2015 James Rebanks published a book about his life working the land in the Lake District fells. It was a hardhitting family saga; a Lakeland history that tore up the rule-book; a celebration of shepherding and a publishing sensation that topped The Sunday Times best-seller list.

It’s a story of hard graft, passion and dogged determination to stay rooted and connected to the land that generations of James’ family have farmed and shaped for more than six hundred years. A far cry from the idealised portrayal of the Lake District, this story cuts to the quick of modern rural life - punctuated throughout by the dry, dour wit of a Cumbrian hill farmer.

Following the shepherd’s year through the seasons, from gruelling winters digging sheep out of the snow through to the heady excitement of lambing time in the spring, 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.

Running Time: 2 hours and 40 mins (inc. 20 min interval)

Audio-described performance: Sat 16 April, 2.00pm
Captioned performance: Sat 23 April, 2.00pm
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Prices £34.50 - £10

Meet the Cast

  • James Rebanks
    Kieran Hill
    Kieran Hill
  • Tom and other roles
    Martin Barrass
    Martin Barrass
  • Hughie and other roles
    David Fielder
    David Fielder
  • Young James and other roles
    Adam Horvath
    Adam Horvath
  • Joe and other roles
    Joseph Richardson
    Joseph Richardson
  • Helen and other roles
    Catherine Kinsella
    Catherine Kinsella
  • Jill and other roles
    Janine Birkett
    Janine Birkett
  • Julie and other roles
    Ashleigh Cheadle
    Ashleigh Cheadle

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