Having spent the last few months talking to over 500 people across the South Downs at a host of different events including at village fetes, museum open days, in pubs, walking groups, schools and creative workshops, our Inn Crowd and South Downs Writer in Residence Sara Clifford has weaved all the stories she’s gathered into a one person show, Cherry Soup. The show will be performed in pubs in September go to www.inncrowd.org.uk for a full list of touring dates – we hope to see you at one of them!

A Cherry-Seller sits by the side of the road.  We’ve all seen them.

People stop, people buy cherries and people chat. They tell their stories: of ancient farms and modern fetes; of lost skills and identities; of overgrown orchards and the ghosts of the villages – and bring new stories, different ideas and different cultures.

Weaving the stories of the people Sara Clifford met during her research as the Inn Crowd Writer in Residence, with tales of the history and culture of the Downs, this one-person show will explore the changing landscapes and populations of the Park – as well as how the history of cherries is also the history of Southern England.

Touring pubs and community venues across the South Downs, performed with text, music and humour, the show will ask questions about the past, present and future of the Park.

This is not about nostalgia – this is a Cherry Soup of a show: sweet and sour and a little unexpected…