Dramatic Walks in 2013

Organised this year to commemorate the centenary of the death of Sir Robert Hunter, founder of The National Trust, who lived nearby in in Haslemere

Hindhead Walk, 19th MayWaggoners Wells Walk, 26th MayHindhead Walk, 29th September


Hindhead, Sunday 19th May 2013

- see pictures from our previous performances in 2010 - see background story to this play

The walk took place as part of a larger event organised around the NT Café at Hindhead.
We were blessed with a sunny day, despite the dire weather forcasts of only a few days before.

Photos by Angus McKay


Sir Robert Hunter (aka Jo Smith) addresses the walkers at the start.

Can you see who he is yet?

We meet Professor John Tyndall (Rod Sharp) and his wife (Wendy Downs)

Next, Flora Thompson (Mel White) on one of her perambulations.

Meanwhile valliant victims prepare for a meeting with …

… the Highwayman (Luke Oates riding Jessica)

"Your money or your wife!" No contest – the man hands over the old bag.

Next we meet Sir Jonathan Hutchinson (Mark Spiller) his wife (Tina Wareham) and family – out for a picnic?

Sir Robert prepares the walkers for their next encounter …

… the Broomsquires! (Kay & John McGregor)

Next, a murder most foul! The unfortunate sailor (Nick Webb) is about to be famously dispatched by the three villans (Wendy Downs, Neil Hardinge & Peter Glinn)

But the dastardly deed has been witnesses by two villagers (Penny McKay and Jill Turner) and the men are pursued and undone.

Sir Robert, impassive as ever, looks on …

… ready to meet his final associate of the day, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Louis Clist) who tries to convince him that the automobile has a future!


Waggoners Wells, Sunday 26th May 2013

- see pictures from our previous performance in 2008

The walk was organised in association with the Friends of Ludshott Common and the East Hampshire National Trust.
We were blessed with another gloriously sunny day, even though it was a Bank Holiday!

Photos by Angus McKay


The cast lunching in the car park before the show

The dynamic duo at large again! Jo Smith and his cardboard twin Sir Robert Hunter.

Arthur Conan Doyle (Peter Glinn) and George Bernard Shaw (Rod Sharp) discuss a local amateur production of 'As You Like It' which the latter had seen and not enjoyed.

It's those broomsquires again! (Kay & John McGregor)

We meet some Commoners (L to R: Penny McKay, Sam Owens, Jo Levy, Pru Harrold) unhappy that Mr Hooke had built his ponds here without consultation …

… and some surprisingly similar Commoners (Kay McGregor replaces Pru Harrold), this time agitated about incursions by folk from the neighbouring manor.

Sir Robert meets Flora Thompson (Mel White) by the wishing well …

… and Alfred Tennyson (Nigel Owens) on a perambulation from Grayshott Farm.

John McGregor as the 'merry tinker' cooks his bacon …

… while Dil Williamson-Smith recounts his tale from Heatherley – an ethereal voice from above!

Sir Robert warns of a stiff climb ahead …

… and waits at the top for the back-markers to catch up.

William Cobbett (Nick Webb) berates his guide (Luke Oates) for getting him lost on his way from Headley to Thursley.

We meet a WW2 Canadian soldier (Mark Spiller) trying to find his way back to camp after a night on the tiles.

Sir Robert reads out his own life history next to the stone which commemorates him.

And finally we see a Frensham trader (Nick Webb) running through the ford to escape from a gang of robbers.


Hindhead, Sunday 29th September 2013

- see pictures from our previous performances in May - see background story to this play

The walk took place as part of a planned beer festival (which in fact never happened!) organised by the NT Café at Hindhead.

Photos by Angus McKay


This time, we had designed our own poster.

'Sir Robert' met the walkers outside the café.

Scenes on the walk were much as in May, but this time we had a footpad (Rod Sharp) rather than a highwayman…

…and we picked up more 'traffic' on the way round.


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