About The Play

A community play is a way of bringing together a whole community in a shared celebration of something special and unique about their area.  This project offers opportunities for a wide range of participatory activities for people of all ages and abilities to work alongside professional artists and heritage experts.

The Weardale community play project is inspired by the true story of ‘The Battle of Stanhope’, a lead-miners uprising immortalised in the local song “The Bonny Moorhen”. Working with an award-winning playwright and members of the community we will create a large-scale production of "The Bonny Moorhen" to be performed at the end of March 2012. Take a look at this blog post to get a feel of the atmosphere from the first set of workshops in October.