‘Cherry Soup – tales of the South Downs’ – play & supper at The Forge, Wednesday 25 September

Sara Clifford is the South Downs National Park writer in residence and she has written an hour-long play called ‘Cherry Soup – True and not so True Tales of the South Downs.’

Sara describes her play thus:

“A Cherry-Seller sits by the side of the road. We’ve all seen them. 

People stop, people buy cherries and people chat. They tell their stories: of ancient farms and modern fetes; of lost skills and identities; of overgrown orchards and the ghosts of the villages – as well as the new stories that people bring, different ideas and different cultures”.

Weaving the stories of some of the people Sara met during her research with tales of the history and culture of the Downs, this one-person show will explore the changing landscapes, work, homes and populations of the Park – as well as how the history of cherries is also the history of Southern England…

Supported by Applause Rural Touring and performed with text, music and humour, the show will ask questions about the past, present and future of the Park.

This is not about nostalgia – this is a Cherry Soup of a show: sweet and sour and a little unexpected…


The play is on tour across a number of venues (mostly pubs) across the South Downs including Slindon – where the performance will take place at the Forge (starting at 7.30 for 8).

The evening includes supper. Final details (including booking arrangements and prices) will be available later in July.

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