Regeneration on the moor

The Green Woman (1988) was written and directed by Mark Beeson, inspired by ‘The Green Man’ motif . This image can be found on a number of medieval churches and is thought to be a symbol of regeneration. The play looked at conflicts between archaeology, nature conservation and deep ecology within a National Park. It featured an archaeologist who wanted trees to be cleared in order to view archaeological remains better, a botanist who wanted trees kept down to improve the habitat for flowers and a tree-lover who wanted more trees as a natural habitat for the surrounding animal life. A musical score written by Gillian Webster accompanied the play.

The backdrop for this play was painted by Olivia Young and represented a scene from the wooded valley of the Becka brook. The poster was designed by Dickon Fell.