Heart of Stone Dorset Tour 2022

Join us in Weymouth, Portland, Swanage,, Dorchester and Poole at six beautiful outdoor Dorset venues for a vibrant new play co-created and performed by local communities in a celebration of Portland stone, landscape and people.

When a former Portlander, Bree returns to the isle after a long absence, childhood memories, real and imagined, come flooding back. As layers of history and myth-time swirl around him, will Bree find his way through the mist and make peace with Portland? 

Heart of Stone is an outdoor theatre community project inspired by oral histories of former quarrymen about the stone industry. The show is alive with music and beautiful songs written and performed by the Island Voices Community Choir and accompanied by musical director, Alastair Simpson. The show is fuelled by a love of the island and its people, memories and hidden stories. Join this celebration of landscape, music, dialect, the working people of Portland, and the stone that built great cities all over the world.

Presented by The Portland Players and Island Voices Community Choir.

Created with support from b-side festival and community partners.

Directed by Charmaine K, produced by Anthony Clements and originally written by Sarah Acton, with actors Charlotte Peach and Rohan Gotobed, assistant producers Anna Takashima and Lucy Kirkby, Costume designer Sophie Fretwell and audio and legacy film documentation by Rob Jayne and Tom Hughes. Artwork by @LucanArt. Original music and arrangements by Lucie Treacher, Su Lewis and Alastair Simpson.

This project is funded by Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grants and is kindly supported by community partners including Portland Museum, Portland Port Authority and with a legacy podcasts grant funded by the Nature, Art and Wellbeing Community Fund (a collaborative of – National Lottery Community Fund via Stepping into Nature, National Academy for Social Prescribing Fund via Thriving Communities Nature Buddies and Contain Outbreak Management Fund via Your Nature: Dorset Council Better Days, Coast and Greenspace Teams).

TICKETS: www.ticketsource.co.uk/heart-of-stone-community-project

Price: £8 adults/ £5 under 14s 

Show time: 75 mins (approx)

DATES:Friday 9th Sept – open dress for b-side festival, Stadium Bowl Portland 5pm

Sat 10th Sept Prince Albert Gardens, Swanage Folk Festival 5pm

Friday 16th September Roman Town House, Dorchester 6pm 

Friday 23rd Sept Nothe Fort, Weymouth 6pm

Sunday 25th Sept Lighthouse Arts Centre, Poole 2pm

Saturday 1st Oct  Portland Castle, Portland 4.30pm

Please bring a low chair to outdoor venues or blanket to sit on and arrive early to pick a spot…for access details and requirements pls check ticket source or contact the project via Facebook


or email:

[email protected]


Bandcamp Heart of Stone soundtrack

Heart of Stone 2022 trailer

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