The forest on the hill

Adapted from the novel by Eden Philpotts

The Forest on the Hill (2002) was commissioned by English Nature at Yarner to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The play was an adaptation of a novel by Eden Phillpotts, created by Mark Beeson. Music was composed for the piece by Gillian Webster. The play explores the philosophical debate surrounding nature and humanity; the former being, according to Philpotts, intrinsically ruthless and competitive and the latter more altruistic and pitying.

A man named Timothy Snow decides to break the mould by acting against the ‘typical’ human stereotype, with disastrous consequences. Children were included in the play version of the novel as a chorus, providing a more contemporary community perspective. These were played by local children from the Moretonhampstead area.

Illustration by Dickon Fell