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A Local Tale of Smuggling-Shebbear College production
By Neil Price, Co-Editor

March 15, 2018: The Shebbear College Senior School production last week was a huge hit with the packed audiences who came to see the performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Set in Hartland in the year 1816 and entitled ‘The Year Without a Summer’ the theme of the play was smuggling on the north Devon coast. The audience was taken on a journey into nineteenth-century Hartland; a community in which smuggling was rife and its effects were felt on every street corner and every clifftop. The sun was blocked out by mysterious blood-red clouds as two groups of smugglers prepare to land the next consignment of contraband goods from the continent. It is a community made up of tough people; people who never lose their sense of humour, in spite of the stearnest of tests thrown at them by the stearnest of adversaries ... the weather. Due to a volcanic explosion far, far away in Indonesia, there were blood-red skies leading to failed crops and falling temperatures across much of Europe. Smuggling communities believed that they were being punished by God for their illicit activities. The play had lots of light-hearted comedy moments and some wonderful musical pieces, despite the relatively serious theme. The play was written by English and Drama teacher Julian Pomroy and he was assisted by Music teacher Hannah Bown with the writing and arragements of the music.

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