Putting on a Landmark Performance

North-York-MoorsEver fancied taking to the stage? Perhaps you used to perform but haven’t stepped up on a stage for ages? Or are you a regular thespian? If the answer’s ‘yes’ to any of the above, come and join the Drovers’ Road project.

Helmsley Arts Centre and the North York Moors National Park Authority have joined forces to commission and produce a community play, inspired by Hambleton Street, the ancient drovers’ road.

The drovers’ road meanders its way down the western edge of the North York Moors. Today, it is used more by ramblers and cyclists but once, cattle and their drovers, robbers, vagabonds, storytellers and pedlars pounded this long road on their way from Scotland to London.

The play, written by Peter Spafford, is partly inspired by journalist and author Madeleine Bunting’s book The Plot. It will explore the stories of the characters that have used the drovers’ road for millennia. Students from Ryedale School are currently helping to shape the play. Madeleine Bunting will be attending Helmsley Arts Centre’s first ever Festival of Writing, 17-19 May, to support the project and the students will perform a read-through of their work at the Festival’s opening event.

It doesn’t matter if you have no acting experience or bags of it! The director is looking for a cast of all ages with all kinds of experience who are willing to take a theatrical leap into the unknown. There will be parts big and small, and some backstage roles too. Three auditions will be held – you don’t need to prepare anything, just turn up to an audition and find out more.

Saturday 13 April               Oswaldkirk Village Hall                           4pm

Sunday 14 April                 Terrington Village Hall                            3pm

Wednesday 17 April          Methodist Church Rooms, Helmsley       7pm


It is proposed that rehearsals will take place on Wednesday evenings in Helmsley with more rehearsals in the week before the performance. If you are looking for acting experience, want to try something new or experience a few weeks of creative fun with like-minded people then come along.

The Drovers’ Road will be performed at Helmsley Arts Centre on Friday 21 June and Saturday 22 June. Details of how to book tickets will be released shortly.

For more information contact Jennifer Smith, Lime & Ice Project Officer at the North York Moors National Park Authority on 01439 772700 or Em Whitfield Brooks at Helmsley Arts Centre on 01439 771700.

The project is joint funded by the Lime & Ice project at the North York Moors National Park Authority and the LEADER Small-Scale Enhancement Scheme.

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