Lights, camera ...action !
We in the Field Theatre Group are proud to have produced three community films.
Using experienced professionals working alongside members of our community we have been able to give people exciting opportunities to experience film acting and film production.
See below for more details!
Riot in the Blood. 2016.
HLF funded drama documentary about the tumultuous events of the 1816 Littleport Riots.
The DVD, subtitled 'The Butterfly Effect' examines the link between the eruption of Mount Tambora in 1815 and the riots in the following year.
Shot at key historic locations in Littleport and Ely.
Riot in the Blood also contains contributions from living descendants of the five 'Littleport Martyrs.
The Horseman's Word. 2015.
Exploring the myth, magic and drama of the ‘Golden Age’ of the Fenland heavy horse as seen through the eyes of a young horseman.
The Horseman's Word contains fascinating details about traditional horse care and management, including the role of the Stallion Walkers (the legendary Entire Men)
The film was the culmination of a two-year oral-history gathering project. Our team visited horsemen and women across the fenland region to record and preserve their stories and memories.
Robyn Llewellyn, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund East of England, said: ‘We at HLF are delighted to award a grant to The Field Theatre Group. Heavy horse breeding and showing is still undertaken in the Fenlands and this project will enable the local community to explore the heritage of this practice, whilst also preserving the fascinating stories and traditions related to this.’
Some of our wonderful cast members
Common Ground. Trailer
Common Ground. 35 mins. (2010).
Our first foray into film-making.
Produced by The Field Theatre Group.
Writer/Dir. Deborah Curtis
Producer/designer. Jennifer Stevens.
Cinematography. Peter Harmer.
Featuring a large cast of non-professionals drawn from the local community, and using a mixture of personal testimonies and scripted scenes, Common Ground captures the harsh realities of the lives of Fenland agricultural workers in the early twentieth century. Beautifully shot on location in Littleport and Wicken Fen, Common Ground is a haunting evocation of lives lived amid the unique landscape of the Black Fens.
Funded by Awards for All.