Heart of Stone open air theatre


Heart of Stone is an outdoor theatre with original story, music and performance co-created and performed by members communities on Portland

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Website: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/heart-of-stone-community-project/heart-of-stone-at-swanage-folk-festival-10th-september-donations-on-the-day/e-jexjlq
When? Sat 17:00 PM

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Heart of Stone open air theatre

The Portland Players and Island Voices Community Choir present: Heart of Stone Dorset Tour 2022: outdoor theatre show for all ages.

A celebration of Portland stone, landscape and people co-created and performed by local communities.

Heart of Stone is an outdoor theatre community project with original story, music and performance co-created and performed by members of diverse local communities on Portland and led by a professional creative team during a project that has spanned three years.

The Portland Players and Island Voices Community Choir present their new play inspired by oral history and public conversations with former quarrymen about the stone industry and ways of life on the island in living memory. Also including much-loved Portland characters, such as the stonemason Portland poets: Skylark Durston, George Davey and Bob Wollage plus writer Gordon ‘Boy’ Male. Heart of Stone is alive with music and songs written and performed by the Island Voices Community Choir and musical director, Alastair Simpson. The show is fuelled by a love of the island and its people, memories and hidden stories. Join this celebration of landscape, music, dialect, the working people of Portland, and the stone that built great cities all over the world.

When a former Portlander, Bree returns to the isle after a long absence, childhood memories, real and imagined, come flooding back. As layers of history and myth-time swirl around him, will Bree find his way through the mist and make peace with Portland?

Directed by Charmaine K, produced by Anthony Clements and originally written by Sarah Acton, with actors Charlotte Peach and Rohan Gotobed, assistant producers Anna Takashima and Lucy Kirkby, Costume designer Sophie Fretwell and audio and legacy film documentation by Rob Jayne and Tom Hughes. Artwork by @LucanArt. Original music and arrangements by Lucie Treacher, Su Lewis and Alastair Simpson.

This project is funded by Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grants and is kindly supported by community partners including Portland Museum, Portland Port Authority, support from b-side and with a legacy podcasts grant funded by the Nature, Art and Wellbeing Community Fund (a collaborative of – National Lottery Community Fund via Stepping into Nature, National Academy for Social Prescribing Fund via Thriving Communities Nature Buddies and Contain Outbreak Management Fund via Your Nature: Dorset Council Better Days, Coast and Greenspace Teams).

Please bring a low chair or blanket to sit on. Doors open 30mins before the performance starts.

Arrive early to pick your spot, bring a picnic and whatever you need to be comfortable and prepared for the weather!

Event Details

Suggested donations £8 / £5 on the day (Click for ticketsource)
Saturday 10th September 2022
Show Starts: 5pm (Please arrive about 30 minutes early)
Run Time: 75 mins (approx)

Location: Prince Alberts Gardens, Broad Road, Swanage

Access information – There is disabled driver car parking at the ​Pier subject to availability.