26th November 2021 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Sometimes it feels so exposing just walking in the village. I told Jimmy to ignore it at first, he tried to, but
it’s isolating he said, eyes on you, not a word spoken. Even when you meet their eyes they don’t look away.
Like they have a right to, like you’re a spectacle, an object.’
Olivia has recently moved into her great uncle’s farmhouse. She’s not local, but she knows her way around.
Matty is a gamekeeper, but he doesn’t often tell anyone. He’s wary of newcomers.
These unlikely strangers find themselves beside a stream on the longest night of the year.
Pentabus and Theatre by the Lake present a brilliant new drama from award-winning playwright Lorna
French which explores loss, love, prejudice, race and belonging.
‘One of British theatre’s unsung treasures’ (The Guardian on Pentabus
‘Fantastic show, totally absorbing, engaging, thought provoking, funny and reduced some of us to
tears. We came as a group from our village and it struck so many chords… thanks so much!’
‘I went to see Pentabus’ ‘Here I Belong’ in a tiny village hall in the middle of Derbyshire and it was
glorious. I’ve seen a few productions from rural theatre companies, all completely unique and
innovative, and I’ve always loved it because I think making theatre accessible to rural areas is really
‘The best play I’ve seen in my life. Wonderful. I was in tears at times – so were lots of other people
– and then laughing so much, it was so funny.’
‘Poignant, thought provoking, immersive – extraordinary theatre.’
⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Intimate, affecting and quietly radical village hall theatre’ The Stage on Here I Belong by Matt
‘ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Excellently presented with a remarkable new energy… Recommended!’ Shropshire Events Guide
on Idyll by Matt Hartley
‘unexpected & touching drama’ The Guardian Crossings by Deirdre Kinahan
‘Quirky and heart-warming’ The Stage As The Crow Flies by Hattie Naylor
‘a clever and perfectly paced script’ Hereford Times The Tale of Little Bevan by Robert Alan Evans
‘Enjoyable’ The Stage Wolves Are Coming For You by Joel Horwood 4
‘Intriguing two-hander in which a fractured landscape finds its echo in a couple’s marriage’ The Stage This
Land by Siân Owen