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The Legend of Winsham

Orginally published Jan 1990
Last updated Jan 2021

A short play written and produced with Stella Abbey

The Legend of Winsham is based on the geography of Winsham rather than it's history. Winsham has recently experienced flooding, so the River Axe is seen as a fearsome dragon, intent on devouring the village. Even the arrival of Christianity, and a visit from St. George himself, fail to subdue the dragon, until it is discovered that it is afraid of the sound of the church bells. But he still lurks in the Axe valley, waiting his chance for revenge.

The style of the play was narration and mime, with dramatic effects from a bass drum. It was performed at the 'Bell Inn', Bere Farm, and in the school.

Programme cover
Photo of the play
Anne Rose, Pam Barrett, Roger Barrett and Ian Peacock
Photo of the play
Jean Thompson, Anne Rose, Stella Abbey, Roger Barrett and Ian Peacock
Photo of 'the dragon'
Philip Kershaw as 'The Dragon'
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Anne Rose as 'St. George'