Voices of the Moor­lands on the stage

Leek Post & Times - - NEWS -

BACK in the 1980s, ac­tress Prunella Scales, pic­tured, read the diary of a Moor­land Win­ter on BBC Ra­dio 4, record­ing the wild world of a snowed-up hill farm.

The writer was Pam Brough (then known as Pam San­di­ford), and the farm was a coun­try mile from Flash in the Staffordshire Moor­lands.

Now, Border­land

Voices and North­ern In­ter­na­tional The­atre are to presents Moor­lan­ders, a two-part per­for­mance en­ti­tled Poet and Peas­ant and We Live Here.

Com­mis­sioned by Border­land Voices, based in Leek, We Live Here uses ac­tors to play back words gath­ered in present day con­ver­sa­tions in and around the vil­lage.

Us­ing only the finest lo­cal in­gre­di­ents, it de­picts the re­al­ity, hu­mour and strengths of a small and scat­tered com­mu­nity in the high hills and dark moor­lands just up the road from Leek.

The play Poet and Peas­ant por­trays the same world back in the 1980s. Char­ac­ters quite pos­si­bly fa­mil­iar to the au­di­ence play out their lives within a frame­work of spring to har­vest. A spokesper­son said: “There’s com­edy and sad­ness in equal mea­sure, but it’s a mil­lion miles from the me­dia idea of coun­try liv­ing.

“This is a cel­e­bra­tion of a way of life that is as real now as it was 20, 50, maybe a hun­dred years ago.”

North­ern In­ter­na­tional The­atre team will con­sist of writer Pam Brough, di­rec­tor David Bell. ac­tors Leo Atkin, Cilla Baynes, David Bowen, Jaque­line Redg­well, Michaela War­rilow, whose back­grounds span TV, ra­dio and the­atre.

The event will take place on Fri­day, Novem­ber 9 at Flash Vil­lage Hall at 7.30pm. Tick­ets are £5 on the door.

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