Theatre in the Wild - RSPB Strumpshaw Fen

Steve Waters, my colleague at UEA, and I have assembed a cast of talented writers and actors to mount a site-specific, open-air theatre experiment at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Strumpshaw Fen reserve in Norfolk. This project comes out of Steve's considerable experience in devising theatre in and about nature, and our  interest in exploring collaboratations between writers and conservation organisations in order to investigate the meaning of nature and wild places inthe UK. 

The result is 'Hide - a story-tour of Strumpshaw Fen' which an ensemble of writers and actors working or studying at UEA will perform on June 9th, 2016 at Strumpshaw Fen. The performance is staged in the places birdwatchers can usually be found - on pond platforms, in hides, and on the paths of the reserve. To stage this blend of monologues, humour and short theatre pieces, as with any devised theatre - the term refers to imrovisation and work developed not only from script but also in collaboration with performers - we will need to think on our feet and respond to whatever the environment throws at us, be it mud, rain or talkative mallard ducks - all of which we have encountered in our fact-finding visits to the reserve. To the best of our knowledge this is the first theatrical collaboration between university students of drama, writing and performance with the RSPB, and we admire the organisation for getting on board and taking the risk! For more information see the News section of this website or go to the reserve's website at