Theatre and Landscape 2017 takes place in Dartmoor – an extremely impressive wilderness in South Devon, surrounded by wooded river valleys and pretty villages.
We’ve got lots of interesting site visits lined up, including a visit to beautiful Cotehele House – a fascinating Jacobean mansion with wonderful gardens, orchards, parkland and so on. It’s actually slightly outside the Moor itself on the River Tamar in East Cornwall. In deepest Dartmoor itself there’s a monumental Bronze Age settlement called Grimspound – very awe-inspiring and mysterious as its name suggests – Sherlock Holmes hides out there in The Hound of the Baskervilles. We’ll be visiting that and creating performances there.
We’ll be visiting another remote spot: Black-A-Tor Copse, one of three high altitude ancient oak woodlands on Dartmoor. Places of supreme ecological importance. Again very atmospheric with amazing trees and plants. And we’ll be taking you to The Lydford Gorge – where the River Lyd has cut through the rocks creating swirling cataracts and remarkable rock formations, one of which is called The Devil’s Cauldron. There’s a wonderful waterfall there too, called The White Lady.
Our accommodation – Yennadon House – is a big attraction in its own right. It’s a large and impressive Victorian mansion, set in two acres of grounds with its own orchard and tennis court.
It will be a very nice and comfortable place for eating, sleeping, doing music and generally hanging out, but also a stimulating environment for the creative work itself.
On top of all this, the food will be very good and the company very convivial.