UPBEAT, a play with traditional folk songs and original music by Rebecca Aplin.
The first public performance was presented by Forest Forge on March 3rd, 2016
this was followed by a five week tour.
Nelson, the waterkeeper - William Wolfe Hogan
Alex - Pete Ashmore
Becca - Abbie McLoughlin
Director: Kirstie Davis
Music: Rebecca Aplin
Designer: David Haworth
Lighting design and stage management: Dom Phillips
A play about the interconnectedness of two siblings and the landscape of the chalk river that runs through their lives. Becca and Alex grow up by the river, but their paths separate when Becca shrugs off responsibility for her much younger brother and sets out to discover the bigger world. Becca, combative, curious, idealistic, dances away; Alex, bewildered, bereft, resentful, struggles to find his place in the world. When the river they love is threatened, when the fragility of life is brought home to them, they must both find new paths to tread, in directions they hadn’t anticipated.
photos by Oli Crump