Show inspired by St Walstan is performed in ruins of Norfolk church

The cast of Slow Theatre Company's production of This Earth We Tread at the Ruin of St Michael and A

The cast of Slow Theatre Company's production of This Earth We Tread at the Ruin of St Michael and All Angels in Bowthorpe. Photo: submitted. - Credit: submitted

A show inspired by St Walstan, the patron saint of agriculture, is being performed in the ruins of a Norfolk church this weekend.

Slow Theatre Company has worked with the local community to create This Earth We Tread which is being presented at the ruin of St Michael and All Angels, in Bowthorpe. St Walstan, thought to have been born in Bawburgh between 960 and 970, left a life of privilege to work the Norfolk land. The new performance explores modern day issues against the backdrop of his life. The production - in association with Bowthorpe Church and the St Michael and All Angels Ruin Trust - is marking the 1000th anniversary of his death in 1016.

Director Danny O'Hara said it was a 'very special performance.'

She said: 'It's absolutely immersive and it touches all the senses. It really evokes questions of why some people own land and some people do not, and how we value material goods.

'St Walstan in this play questions why he is a saint and what it is about his life that we value.

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'It's a very evocative piece that will make you laugh but also raises questions.'

The first performances are taking place today at 3pm and 7.30pm.

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There are also performances tomorrow at 3pm and 7.30pm and on Sunday at 7.30pm.

Tickets £9.50/£7.50. For more information, including how to book tickets, visit

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