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We carry so many stories inside and when they are told they get freed up and we get the medicine. It is often in challenging situations, when we might have felt victimized, that we developed our precious gifts and strengths.

Is there value in telling your story? We hear “drop the story, be in the moment!” That is a great direction if we have actually integrated and digested the story.

The paradox is that we need to recall it and feel it from a place of presence to really let it go. Then the past becomes a resource for this moment, as energy available in your body.


Rough Diamonds Festival

of Solo Autobiographical Performances

5th-7th June 2020



Past Events:

Drop the Story

Festival of Solo Autobiographical Theatre

Anual: 2013-2019


Stories for Change Festival  

of Solo Autobiographical Performances

29th – 30th June 2019 Bogan House, Totnes

Sat and Sun: 4pm and 7:30pm

Community members sharing personal

stories through solo performance
Stories of trials and transformation to

inspire us all, viewing life

as a hero’s/heroine’s journey.



Stories that have been explored, digested and crafted become a gift to the audience, serve to raise awareness and built a stronger community


Our performers/players have been exploring, catching, crafting and honing significant stories of their lives in local workshops.


Moving a stage further is to make a Living Theatre from the events and experiences that have shaped us - to bring artistry and raw experience together. The result is a form of transformational theatre where an alchemical experience occurs for both the performer, and, the audience member.

No two lives are ever the same, yet we all share deeper commonalities; fear, loss, triumphs, grief, joys and renewals. In the same way, no two performances are the same, each one brings its own unique style and gift. 

These are emerging and tender works in progress.

Directed by Agata Krajewska and Phil Barber.


Programme so far:

(watch out for updates)


Sat 4pm


*Phil Barber "Men's Hands"

Young men's quest for identity through work and adventure. He may find guidance from an unlikely father figure.


*Mark Bedford "Warming the Stone Child"

An exploration of abandonment and the reclaiming of the One who is lost. The child, surrounded in grief and yet the source of intimacy and joy. A weaving of autobiography and myth,  stories old and new. 


*Philomena Wynne "My Irish maternal line" (work in progress)

Honouring my maternal line by resurrecting their life through me. I acknowledge these women's strength against the oppression of patriarchy and Catholicism in Ireland. Weaving the threads together through my poems and songs.


Sat 7:30pm


*Katheryn Trenshaw "Dying to Live By the Numbers: work in progress”

We all know we are going to die. But do we really believe it?

Could a sudden Brush with mortality bring us closer to life and love?

An insight into one woman's encounter with the big C and all that surrounds it.



*Kate Hubert “Umbilical (Grandma Briant's War)”

Traveling back through my motherline I explore a dark family secret and its repercussions, which I inherited as the atmosphere of my early life. This is the old, old story of love and control, and men and women – transformed by being brought into the light of day, and, surprisingly, by divine intervention.


Sun 4pm


*Claire Jones "Rigger"
Runaway bride "accidentally" becomes a rigger on a tall ship.
When in hospital, facing her mortality, she makes a deal with Life to get back onto her beloved ship one more time. Will her wish be granted?

*Sarah Heal “Everyday Adventures of the Superhero”

*Michael Brown "Returning to home"
From boyhood's unasked for adventures in a foreign land, life's loves and loses and the return home.

Sun 7:30pm


*Darren Ellis "The lies adults tell"

*Adam Rasmussen "Romanticism or Realism"

A man’s journey trying to bring himself into the best relationship with the feminine   

*Rooh Star "Basket of Songs"

Songs and stories of what matters

Donations: £5 per afternoon/evening