Sara Clifford South Downs

Do you visit, live or work in the South Downs National Park?

In a partnership between Applause Rural Touring and the South Downs National Park Authority, Sara Clifford, Writer in Residence 2019, is creating a new one person show inspired by the national park to tour to pubs in September. We want to hear from you to help her shape the performance.

Please contribute your thoughts and stories here.

What’s On

Share Your Stories is a series of events and activities taking place in the next few months that you can join to help create the new show, click here for dates and more information.

Details of the final performances in pubs across the South Downs will be listed here soon.

Who is the Writer in Residence?

Sara Clifford
Sara Clifford

Sara Clifford is a playwright and community arts practitioner based in Lewes. She will be spending time talking to a variety of people from different parts of the park, from the rural farmlands to the coastal areas to the busy towns, and will weave all the responses into a new one person show to be performed in pubs in the autumn.

Since April, I have been meeting with and talking to a fantastic range of people in and around the South Downs National Park. Together with my artist colleagues, we have written poems, drawn pictures, made felt stones, dramatized ‘adverts’ for the Park, and talked and talked.  I have sat on stalls at fetes in sunshine and rain, interviewed elders at lunch clubs, run drama workshops in schools and with youth theatres, and hosted family drop-ins in tiny country pubs. By the middle of July, we will have run events in Newhaven, Litlington, Lodsworth, Pulborough, Bowdon, Slindon and Winchester, right across the park.”

“Now my research process is coming to an end, and I am about to start writing a one- person show that will somehow encapsulate this love of the land and its rich detail. The shows will be performed in 8 locations across the park, linked to these community events, and we hope that those involved will come to see the outcome, as well as the wider community.”