Heart of Stone

16 September 2022, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Portland Players and Island Voices Community Choir present:
Heart of Stone Dorset Tour 2022:

A celebration of Portland stone, landscape and people co-created and performed by local communities.

Heart of Stone is an outdoor theatre community project with the original story, music and performance co-created and performed by members of diverse local communities in Portland and led by a professional creative team during a project that has spanned three years.

The Portland Players and Island Voices Community Choir present their new play inspired by oral history and public conversations with former quarrymen about the stone industry and ways of life on the island in living memory. Heart of Stone is alive with music and songs written and performed by the Island Voices Community Choir led by Su Lewis and musical director, Alastair Simpson. The show is fuelled by a love of the island and its people, memories and hidden stories. Join this celebration of landscape, music, dialect, the working people of Portland, and the stone that built great cities all over the world.

When a former Portlander, Bree returns to the isle after a long absence, childhood memories, real and imagined, come flooding back. As layers of history and myth-time swirl around him, will Bree find his way through the mist and make peace with Portland?

Directed by Charmaine K, produced by Anthony Clements and originally written by Sarah Acton, with actors Charlotte Peach and Rohan Gotobed, assistant producers Anna Takashima and Lucy Kirkby, Costume designer Sophie Fretwell and audio and legacy film documentation by Rob Jayne and Tom Hughes. Artwork by LucanArt. Original music and arrangements by Lucie Treacher, Su Lewis and Alastair Simpson.

Please bring a low-backed chair or blanket to sit on, there is also limited seating on concrete amphitheatre steps, but a cushion might be needed. Doors open 30mins before the performance starts.

Arrive early to pick your spot, bring a picnic and whatever you need to be comfortable and prepared for the weather!

Event Details

Doors Open From 5:30 pm
Show Starts: 6 pm
Run Time: 75 mins (approx)

Roman Town House
Colliton Park
Dorchester, DT1 1XJ


The Roman Town House is owned and managed by Dorset Council, and supported by the Dorchester Joint Heritage Committee and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

More info

This project is funded by Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grants and is kindly supported by community partners including Portland Museum, Portland Port Authority, support from b-side and a legacy podcasts grant funded by the Nature, Art and Wellbeing Community Fund (a collaborative of – National Lottery Community Fund via Stepping into Nature, National Academy for Social Prescribing Fund via Thriving Communities Nature Buddies and Contain Outbreak Management Fund via Your Nature: Dorset Council Better Days, Coast and Greenspace Teams). All donations and ticket sales go towards the costs of the production and to the Players and Choir.