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