The Common

Beaford Arts
Writer Hattie Naylor with Dolton farmer John Lock

Over the course of 2014, Beaford partnered with a team of five writers on a new work inspired by north Devon. In the spring and summer, they met a wide range of people in and around Dolton and Hatherleigh and had many conversations around one deceptively simple question: "What’s our rural landscape worth?"

The answers ranged from the hilarious to the heartbreaking, but all had a common theme - the land is part of us, and how can you put a price on that?

This new show - which both pokes fun at us and looks at what we still hold in common - is being made in north Devon this autumn and will premiere in Dolton and Hatherleigh in November. 

North Devon is now in the third year of a national environmental pilot programme - the ‘Nature Improvement Area’. We’re one of twelve places across the country trialling this new approach to protecting and improving biodiversity for future generations.

The importance of North Devon’s environment is increasingly recognised nationally; ‘The Common’ recognises the way of life that’s always been at its centre.

To read The Common - Production Blog, see photos from the show and read audience feedback click here.