15 September - 7 October 2017



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Artistic Director

Sarah Shorten

Sarah did a lot of things before summoning the courage to change tack and find dance when she was thirty.  She has not looked back since.  She makes performance worlds that can be felt and not just seen, and which hopefully linger for a long time.


Designer / stage manager

Ruth Webb

Ruth is a designer and maker for theatre. She loves making objects and costumes that support stories, have meaning, or are playful and practical.

She has worked with Burn the Curtain on three of their shows. Most recently creating the costumes and props for The company of wolves.

Amongst others, she has worked with Quirk Theatre, Theatre Rush, the Bike Shed Theatre and as a design assistant for Theatre Alibi.

She is most happy when walking and is very excited to combine all her loves, sea and shore, in this show!





Rod Higginson

Rod lives by the sea on the fringes of Exmoor, an area rich in history and atmosphere.

Preferring to work in monochrome, using only natural light, Rod's images capture Exmoor's wild rolling landscapes and dramatic tidal features. He seeks out evidence of its ancient industry and agriculture, its rural churches and buildings, and its traditional crafts.

His vision can be darker and more powerful than the romantic and popular portrayal of the area; he is particularly sensitive to the hidden histories that lie within the landscape, the ruins, artefacts and human stories that remain to be found and brought to our modern attention.


Video Artist

Will Rayner 

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Video artist

Dan Farberoff


Fiona Fraser-Smith

Fiona is from the far side of Exmoor.  With a deep interest in creative work which reflects the uniqueness of people and place, of landscape and space, she lives and works in the rural wilds of North Devon.  With many strings to her creative bow, she’s been Director of Appledore Arts and the annual Appledore Visual Arts Festival, Producer & Programmer for Beaford Arts and an independent freelance Producer for several artists and companies including: outdoor theatre company Burn The Curtain, live artists Ella Good and Nicki Kent, writer and solo performer Ruth Mitchell and multi-art form theatre company Twisted Theatre.

Costume Designer

Angie Newbold

I don’t have a biography for Angie, so I’m going to tell you what I know.  She is a designer, maker and wizard with clothes.  She often is seen in a corner of the room busy with a sewing machine.  Calm, ever-patient and brilliant with detail.  She is always willing to help and understands how to lift the spirits of those around her.



Carpenter / Maker

Tony Macriner

Tony lives with Angie, so they must have house full of making and doing.  Tony doesn’t like to be seen that much, but I saw him eat a sandwich in an upturned wheelbarrow after he’d made our fence – we were playing with it for the first time.  He looked content with his creation, and our enjoyment of it.




David Shorten

David is a prisoner to Stacked Wonky.  As he’s married to Sarah, he keeps everything rolling whilst she is submerged.  He does this selflessly, an unfaltering believer in the cause, helping out with the most boring of tasks.  What people don’t know is that he is an arch critic and helps Sarah make good decisions when needed.

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Technical Support

Harriet Wallis

Harriet is better described as a fixer of all things and a bringer of happiness.  The last to leave, the first to say “I’ll do it,” she is one of the best team members Sarah has ever known.


Technical Support

Jim Bruce

Jim is a carpenter with creative passion and flair.  He is happiest when building tree houses or just playing in the woods, and with his understanding and empathy, and as a highly skilled craftsman, he thinks and creates the slightly unusual, the unorthodox.  Music is Jim's other passion… a guitarist, also writing, and collaborating with other artists.  Being a father of four, opportunities for creativity can be less frequent these days - but there are always plans for the future!




Musical Saw / Composition

Felix Vandersluis

From the moment Felix discovered musical saw in a circus show, she knew that she was going to be a saw player. Since beginning her professional saw-playing career in a tequila bar in Guatemala, Felix has played saw with variousbands with which she also plays double bass, and all over the world with the acclaimed Lost and Found Orchestra. She is very excited to be playing with Stacked Wonky's project The Landings.


Violin / Composition

Ben Moneypenny

Ben is a musician with particularly diverse experience. He has previously composed and played for dance as well as with West African musicians, traditional Celtic musicians, gigged in ska/reggae bands and improvised in jazz ensembles. Creative improvisation remains his favourite way to perform making this project ideal for his particular style.


Violin / Drum / Composition

Sebastian Tesouro

Multi-instrumentalist and composer with a wide vocabulary of music styles. The main instruments he plays are the violin and percussion. His interest in the interdisciplinary arts have driven him into the world of dance, circus and theatre. He has worked for a variety of companies as a musician and composer as well as performer where he brought the violin, step dancing and percussion to the stage.



The Landings would not be possible without the following amazing people who have all gone out of their way to help:

Alyson Claydon-Mills - who made sure everything ran like clockwork at Minehead College Farm and selflessly gave so much of her time.

Eric and Lucy Parker - tenants of Eastbury Farm... and quite the best collaborators when it comes to making paths, shifting electric fences, understanding cows and so on.

The Fewings and Hepper families - tenants of Marshwood and Lower Marsh Farm respectively, who provided advice and kindly granted access to their land.

Dunster Beach Chalets Ltd - particularly Ruth from the office... always smiling, solution-focused and kind.  Thanks to the ground staff too!

Samantha White, Acting Head of Commercial at The West Somerset Railway - who helped us safely negotiate use of the railway crossings, ever willing to provide support.

Marcus Capel, Head of Timberscombe First School - our minibus saviour!

Pauline Else at Carhampton Recreation Centre - a fantastic ally and forward-thinking when it came to complex use of a well-loved community building.

Terry Bruce - quite simply, superwoman.

Everyone at the Steam Coast Trail, especially Briony Turner.

Channel Adventure - thank you for the life jackets!

Those who have kept things rolling by taking on dull but necessary tasks like housing performers, washing up, car park stewarding etc: Ann Jordan, Nikki Bishop and Sara Goodson.