The Paint Man was written and directed by Mark Beeson. The play was set in 1655 and followed the life of John Elford who famously lost sympathy with the Puritans whom, at that time, were under a military dictatorship by Oliver Cromwell. Elford used to hide in a cave on Sheepstor and entertained himself with activities such as painting and the visual arts in general (two hobbies completely banned by Puritan law). Many country people held superstitions about Elford’s ‘hole’. ..