The Bureau catalogue the changes and discrepancies that are yet to make their way on to the ordinary maps. They’re here to calibrate the cobbles, measure the mice, rotate rhubarb, and weigh hay. As they survey the settlement, no stone will be left unturned or leaf unlisted.

With your help, they’ll blueprint your bogs, grade your grass, scale your streams and triangulate your trees. They need YOU to assist in the reconstruction, in miniature, of your community and put your village back on the map!

This unique participatory performance involves map making, model making  puzzles, Unidentified Flying Objects, singing fish, blue-tack and balloons. It is about how special our villages and parishes are, and what we can do to look after them. As part of each performance a unique aerial film is made of each parish.

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As part of the show, we will be recreating your village in miniature. Tiny windows and doors can be found inside the flyer for you to cut out and colour in preparation. For those who don’t have access to the flyer here is a downloadable picture for you to print out (either two A4 sheets or one A3).We provide the wooden block to stick them on to. Just cut out what you need or want, colour them and bring them along.



To create and develop this show Burn The Curtain worked closely with members of the Northern Devon Nature Improvement Area who are delivering a landscape-scale project within the Torridge catchment.   This DEFRA funded initiative is one of 12 nationally significant pilots across England.  Support and expertise were provided by Devon Wildlife Trust, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Dorset County Council  and Natural England.

Commissioned and supported by Beaford Arts