A new project from writer Daniel Bye and singer/songwriter Boff Whalley premieres at ARC Stockton on 20th and 21st January before going on tour until June 2021 – government restrictions permitted, of course.
These Hills Are Ours explores Daniel and Boff’s mutual love of running – and asks what they’re really running from. It’s great to see the show get its chance to shine, as it was originally postponed when COVID-19 caused theatres to shut down.
For three years Bye and Whalley have been running a series of routes, from city centre jaunts to more rural locations. Through story and song they share what they found out about the relationship between city and country, wild and controlled and much more. It’s a personal piece of work, but billed as funny and genuinely moving so it should be a lovely night of theatre.
Daniel Bye said: “Boff and I have worked together on lots of projects, from very small to large enough to warrant an AA road sign. And work conversations always had a habit of drifting into conversation about running. So we thought it was high time to make hay out of that and work together on a show with running as its starting point.
“As these things do, it’s evolved into something about much more than that: non-runners will get just as much from this show as runners. Anyone who’s ever enjoyed the countryside, celebrated freedom, done something really hard, or just wanted to run away from it all, will be at home in this show.
“For those who want it, though, there is a bonus for runners: in each venue we’ll invite the audience to join us for a run the following morning. The route will be an escape, a route out of the town or city to the nearest high, wild, or green place. Because that’s what we’ve done together as part of working on the show and it’s great to be able to share that with the audience in a more real setting than a post-show Q&A.”
These Hills Are Ours is directed by Katharine Williams and produced by Daniel Bye, Boff Whalley and ARC Stockton. Fingers crossed the government restrictions allow the show and subsequent tour to go ahead. These are devastating, tough times for theatres and it’s important we support them now more than ever if we can!
For more information about the show, please visit this website.