We are delighted to have secured a visit by the Dartmoor-based Common Players with their brand new touring production of SMUGGLER’S GOLD, which has financial support from the Jurassic Coast Heritage Project.

Based on research in collaboration with Devon and Dorset environmental and related agencies, and grass-roots contributions by local fishermen, historians, geologists and anthropologists, Smuggler’s Gold will be an exciting and innovative theatrical experience, bringing the unique heritage of the East Devon Jurassic coast alive.

The show, which promises a lively mixture of music and drama, is centred around the character of Bill Widger who is refusing to leave his East Devon cliff-top cottage, which is falling into the sea because of erosion. In a style similar to Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, night-time visitors take Bill on a farewell trip through time to explore the ancient Jurassic Coast landscape, stories of historic fishing fleets, and the Great Landslip of 1839.

Each member of the audience will be given a Smuggler’s Gold passport! This will contain details of a competition with prizes and will outline a treasure trail to the museums of East Devon where answers to the questions in the passport will be found. But, the cliff could collapse at any minute. Will Bill find the smuggler’s gold hidden in his garden before it is too late…?

You can see the show, suitable for all ages, and FREE OF CHARGE, on the slipway in front of Lympstone Sailing Club at 5.30pm on Wednesday 31st August. Watch for posters with full details.

John Eaton-Terry