Cassiterides (2007) told the story of the end of Roman rule in Devon, following the lives of Roman noble Gaius and his family as they become inextricably linked with the local tribal leader Emrys and his impetuous protégée Belarion, who control the tin fields of Dartmoor. In classical mythology the Cassiterides – literally the islands of tin – were thought to lie to the west of the known world, and a strong candidate for their location is the South West peninsula of Britain. The play discussed themes around the end of empire and cultural conflict, and was written by Mark Beeson in collaboration with three young writers: Daniel Rayner, Daisy Martinez and Laura Wilson.
Performances of Cassiterides took place in March 2007 in venues across Dartmoor National:
9th March, 7:30pm – Manaton Parish Hall
10th March, 2pm – Manaton Parish Hall
14th March, 7:30pm – Plymouth, Carmel Community Enterprises Hall
15th March – West Exe School
16th and 17th March, 7:30pm – Moretonhampstead Parish Hall