Out of the Ashes (2018 Rural Tour)

Becky Morely begins her diary on New Years Day 2001, little does she realise just how much that year would change her life.

Based on the novel by award-winning writer Michael Morpurgo, Out of the Ashes is the story of Becky’s experience on her family farm in Devon, during the outbreak of foot and mouth disease across the UK.

We experience Becky’s memories of the outbreak as she wrote them in her diary. The story features the birth of her first lamb, Little Josh, her glorious rides with Ruby the horse and the gradual spread of the disease from hundreds of miles away to right outside her doorstep. Becky’s diary comes alive on stage using heartfelt storytelling, family bonds and beautiful staging to document the spread of foot and mouth to the Morely’s farm.

The performance takes you through the joys of living in the South West’s rural countryside and the momentous effect foot and mouth disease had on British farming.

‘Charming and inventive, the piece uses simple staging and storytelling to shed light on a monumental crisis in recent history.’ EXEUNT


  • 9 May 2018, Dorchester Arts Centre (01305 266 926 | dorchesterarts.org.uk)
  • 10 May 2018, Buckerell Village Hall (07966 439 208)
  • 11 May 2018, Crediton Arts Centre (01363 773 260)
  • 12 May 2018, Scoriton Village Hall (01364 631 288)
  • 13 May 2018, Lympstone Village Hall (01395 274 356)
  • 18 May 2018, Cornwood Village Hall (01752 837 657)
  • 26 May 2018, Ilsington Village Hall (01364 661 128)
  • 1 June 2018, The House Studio, Plymouth Fringe Festival (plymouthfringe.com)

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