Main House, The Cut

Thursday, May 2, 2013 - Sunday, May 12, 2013

A World Premiere. Written by Thomas Eccleshare

A HighTide Festival Theatre and Soho Theatre Production

"Wondrous to behold... immensely moving" **** Whatsonstage

"A masterclass in how to deliver imaginative new writing" **** The Telegraph

"Quirky, original voices are rare in a conformist age. But Thomas Eccleshare, whose Pastoral is one of five new plays at the core of this year's HighTide festival in the Suffolk town of Halesworth, possesses a distinctive oddity." **** The Guardian


"They first noticed it a few weeks ago, creeping round the war memorial and through the crack outside Subway. Just little weeds at first, little sprouts. Herbs and reeds and wild mushrooms. It’s amazing how quickly they’re growing."

Moll thinks she’s going on holiday but something more sinister is afoot. As menacing cats and strutting voles advance, a dangerously fertile countryside just keeps on growing – humanity is on the brink.

A darkly funny and highly original first play by Thomas Eccleshare, the winner of the Verity Bargate Award, starring Anna Calder-Marshall (In The Republic of Happiness, Royal Court Theatre; Salt, Root & Rowe, Trafalgar Studios/Donmar Warehouse).

The Verity Bargate Award is Soho Theatre’s national competition for the best new play by an emerging writer.

Running Time approximately 90 minutes without an interval.

Pastoral premieres at the HighTide Festival Theatre before opening at Soho Theatre on 15 May and running until 8th June 2013.

Join in the conversation @ Twitter #pastoral

Suitable for ages 12+

Production Sponsors:

Clare Parsons & Tony Langham, AEM International for HighTide Festival Theatre


Creative Team

DirectoSteve Marmion

Designer Michael Vale

Lighting Designer Philip Gladwell

Sound Designer and Composer Tom Mills


Nigel Betts

Anna Calder Marshall

Bill Fellows

Polly Frame

Richard Riddell

Carrie Rock

Morag Siller

Hugh Skinner


Thursday 2nd May 19.15

Friday 3rd May 20.00

Saturday 4th May 15.00

Saturday 4th May 20.00

Sunday 5th May 15.00

Sunday 5th May 19.15

Wednesday 8th May 15.00

Wednesday 8th May 20.00

Friday 10th May 14.45

Friday 10th May 20.00

Sunday 12th May 14.45

Sunday 12th May 19.15