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Forest Forge Theatre have commissioned two established professional playwrights, Deborah Gearing and Paul Hewitt, to be resident in the Observatory, a travelling artist studio created by SPUD, at Buckler’s Hard, Beaulieu.  This is an exciting collaboration between SPUD and Forest Forge Theatre for the New Forest Arts Festival 2017.

During the Festival the playwrights will draw from their surroundings for their inspiration, with a specific focus on the location of Buckler’s Hard with its river and Forest landscape heritage.

There will be opportunities to speak to the writers and take part in activities relating to the Forest, trees and the landscape.

Normal admission charges apply to enter Bucklers Hard and Museum click here for tickets


The writers will also be running workshops for the public:


Date: Sunday 18 June 2-4pm

Are you a budding writer of plays, poems, novels? An opportunity to work a professional playwright to develop your work inspired by the landscape.

Venue: The Observatory at Buckler’s Hard

FREE to participants  but needs to be pre booked by emailing hello@forestforgetheatre.co.uk or calling 01425 470188

Age: 18 +



Sunday 25 June 2pm- 4pm

Buckler’s Hard Beaulieu

An open workshop in the woods opportunity to witness the actors, writer and director relationship at work culminating in a scratch performance of the seeds of a new play inspired by the residency of playwrights at the Observatory.

Age 16+ / adults

Places  are free but limited for both workshops and need to be booked in advance at hello@forestforgetheatre.co.uk or call 01425 470188

Family Workshops: Trees and You


For all ages

  • Saturday 10 June, Hythe Library 11 – 12pm
  • Saturday 24 June, Ringwood Library. 11-12pm

Playwright Deborah Gearing will be running a fun, interactive and free workshop for families, children, parents, grandparents. Come and explore what the New Forest means to you! Do you have a special tree in your life? Bring along your favourite family story or memory relating to trees and learn how to make a simple mini-book to keep it in.NFNPA Arts Fest logo