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Exciting promenade theatre experience comes to Bedgebury for Halloween

Company of wolves

If you’re looking for a completely new theatrical experience then the Forestry Commission’s Bedgebury Pinetum and Forest, near Goudhurst, Kent, will be hosting an interactive theatre show with a difference this Halloween. 

Theatre company Burn the Curtain will be performing their exciting outdoor show – The Company of Wolves on the evenings of Thursday 27th,  Friday 28th and Saturday 29th October 2016 from 7pm. Tickets are on sale now from the Forestry Commission box office.

The show, which is suitable for people aged 8 and over, is based on the classic collection of stories written by author Angela Carter, has been adapted by Burn the Curtain and Shiona Morton as a unique and exciting theatrical adventure for both runners and walkers.

The stories include traditional folklore and mythical tales such as Little Red Riding Hood, Peter and the Wolf and Wolf Alice.  In The Company of Wolves, Red Riding Hood lives in a tiny village on the edge of dark and distant mountains and one night she puts on her red shoes and cloak and heads into the forest alone, watched by unseen eyes.  As the shadows lengthen, she begins to run and the hunt begins.

Joe Hancock, Artistic Director of Burn the Curtain says:

“The Pinetum and forest at Bedgebury will provide the perfect setting for our show.  Join Red Riding Hood as she walks and runs through the forest, where wolves may also hide at night!”

You can join Red Riding Hood and a cast of characters on a journey through the darkness at Bedgebury. There are two options for audience members and you will join in the story by choosing to be either a hunter or a gatherer. Depending on the path you choose, the story will lead walkers along a 3 mile trail and runners around 5 miles. The tale will be told along the way with regular stopping points.

The Forestry Commission’s Sandra Styles, Marketing Officer at Bedgebury, said:

“We are delighted to be working with Burn the Curtain to host three performances of these classic stories.  We already have lots of people who love walking and running at Bedgebury by day, but if you’re looking for a completely new theatre experience that also combines a love of the outdoors, then this exciting night time experience could be just the thing for you!”

Tickets cost £18 per adult and £15.00 for children, and the event is suitable for children aged over 8 years and over if accompanied by an adult.

Buy tickets from the Forestry Commission Box Office at;

Further details of this and other events are available on the Bedgebury website at 
Bedgebury is cared for by the Forestry Commission for people, wildlife and trees.

Notes to Editor

1. Open all year Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest is home to the National Conifer Collection. The 128-hectare (320-acre) site is recognised as one of the most complete collections of conifer trees and plants on one site anywhere in the world, containing more than 12,000 trees, including rare, endangered and historically important specimens. Staff travel the world to collect seeds from rare and endangered species for propagation, and are supported in this work by the Friends of Bedgebury Pinetum. It is a key partner in Fauna & Flora International’s Global Trees Campaign, and makes a major contribution to the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation co-ordinated by Botanic Gardens Conservation International. The Pinetum also offers a beautiful setting for peaceful walks and picnics, whether wrapping up on a cold frosty morning, or enjoying a beautiful day of sunshine, and seasonal trails explaining more about the Pinetum can be followed throughout the year.

Bedgebury Forest covers around 800 hectares (2000 acres) of forest and offers facilities for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy activities such as adventure play, walking, cycling, mountain-biking, running, and horse riding; and it has a Go Ape high-ropes adventure trail. Seasonal events are also offered throughout the year.
The Bedgebury Visitor Centre serves both the National Pinetum and Forest. Recently refurbished it now includes a stunning Atrium containing beautiful interpretation relating to Bedgebury’s conservation work, and the Bedgebury Cafe provides a full range of hot and cold refreshments and features new improved catering facilities. There is also a cycle hire shop (including adapted cycles and a bike wash area), a visitor information centre and a classroom/community room, toilets and showers.
Information about Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest is available from, and by phone to 01580 879820, or by email to

2. The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Further information can be found at

3. We believe Forest Art Works.  Since 1968 England’s Public Forest Estate has played host to artworks and initiatives across art forms. We believe that woodlands and forests are vital places for contemporary artists to engage with, to make and present new work. Forest Art Works is a new partnership between Arts Council England and Forestry Commission England to support achieving great art and culture for everyone in England's public forests.

4. Burn the Curtain are an innovative Devon based outdoor theatre company, well known for producing imaginative shows where the audience become part of the action.  Productions have including award winning The Adventures of Don Quixote by Bicycle at Brighton Festival 2013. Burn the Curtain has been awarded funding by the Arts Council to tour the Company of Wolves.

Burn the Curtain developed the The Company of Wolves alongside Shiona Morton in 2014, and have since performed sell out shows at the Brighton Festival, Salisbury International Arts Festival, Haldon Forest Park in 2015, and Delamere Forest in 2016. The shows have been well received with very positive feedback from all the venues and audiences, and have also received strong press reviews.
Further information can be found at

Reviews from Brighton Festival – May 2015
'The People Re-inventing Theatre'                                                                                                
‘…beautifully crafted adventure theatre … like stepping inside the pages of the fairytale, or falling into a dark dream’                                                                                                                                           

‘Burn the Curtain have created a new and accessible theatrical experience’                                                                                                                                 
BRIGHTON ARGUS, Argus Art Angel winner 2015

“Burn the Curtain’s  new promenade production is an exhilarating romp through nature that captures the essence of Angela Carter’s darkly alluring original while creating something satisfyingly new” ****     

                                                                                                                                                                             Audience Feedback from Haldon Forest, Forestry Commission

Extremely enjoyable.  Like nothing I have ever experienced before. Thank you for a fun filled evening.  5 stars *****                                                                                                                                           

Very entertaining and different, I loved being able to watch something so enjoyable in such a beautiful setting.  Theatre + Walking + Outdoors = Fantastic                                                                     

Audience Member
10/10 exciting, tense and scary – brilliant!                                                                                  

Audience Member
Had the best night!  You do an amazing job, I’d love to see it again.  Inspired me to do more night running!  It was amazing keep it up!                                                                                                             

Audience Member
First time running with the wolves.  My blood is up, my heart is thumping – a night I won’t forget.  Thank you so much!                                                                                                                                     

Forestry Commission Media Contact:   
Sandra Styles. or 0300 067 4475.  

For further details and images, please contact Fiona Fraser-Smith (Producer, Burn the Curtain) or 07900 212747