We published our feature on rural writing yesterday and were delighted to discover this new commission by South West based playwright and dramaturg David Lane in partnership with Beaford Arts.


Writing Beyond Rural is a new piece of writing being developed by playwright David Lane in partnership with Beaford Arts, supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Exploring the diverse relationships of human beings to the dynamic landscapes of North Devon, David’s piece will draw on stories of its past, present and future from both local and global sources, constructing a uniquely compelling and searching perspective of the area. The final piece will be ‘open source’ as a professional script, free for North Devon amateur theatre companies to perform, and of interest to both urban and rural audiences. It will also be written to work in other forms and spaces such as a podcast, pop-up site-specific storytelling, as an installation in gallery and heritage spaces, or as GPS-located audio drama.

The project will run in two parts.

Part 1 runs from October 2017 – January 2018 when David will carry out the main research via interviews, workshops and discussions, exploring the potential content and the various forms of presentation the finished piece might take. Some of these activities include:

  • working alongside Beaford’s Hidden Histories oral history team
  • meeting oral history interviewees to reflect on Beaford’s Photographic Archive
  •  interviews and creative workshops with local historical groups / historians
  •  interviews with teams at Devon Wildlife Trust and UNESCO North Devon Biosphere
  • guidance and consultation with the Bike Shed Theatre (Exeter)

Part 2 runs from January – July 2018 when David will be drafting the piece and testing out the work with professional actors, local amateur theatre groups, and other relevant organisations depending on how the piece develops. If you’re interested in finding out more please contact sophie@beaford-arts.org.uk