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The Tale of Wild Heather: A Cabaret


Over the 2021 August Bank Holiday weekend, the Doncaster community performed a new, immersive show at Cast with audiences invited to share a celebratory feast on Cast’s main stage while being engaged in a forgotten Doncastrian myth.

Written by Jasmin Mandi-Ghomi, directed by Associate Director, Public Acts, James Blakey and designed by Hannah Sibai, the story is co-created by the community company and features performances from local artists.

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Public Acts: The Doncastrian Chalk Circle


Having been postponed last year, Cast in Doncaster will host our third Public Acts production in August 2022.

The Doncastrian Chalk Circle is a newly adapted version of Bertolt Brecht’s classic play by Chris Bush, directed by Associate Director of Public Acts James Blakey, with music by Ruth Chan and design by Hannah Sibai.

The production will feature 80 local performers from our community partners b:friend, Conversation Club, Edlington Community Organisation (ECO), darts and Cast Young Company, this new version is a heartrending and gripping tale of the families we choose, filled with passion, hope and plenty of Yorkshire grit and humour.

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Thank you to Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund, Garfield Weston Foundation, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, The Mosawi Foundation and Wates Foundation.

Image credits: Public Acts As You Like It production photography by Camilla Greenwell; The Doncastrian Chalk Circle photogrpahy by Sophie Harris-Taylor.