The Sand House Play

Why a Sand House Play?

The team behind the ongoing promotion of Doncaster’s lost Victorian marvel, as a heritage and educational resource, believes that there are lots more people out there who would really enjoy finding out all about the Sand House and who would be amazed by it. In spite of the books, numerous newspaper articles, illustrated talks, radio interviews, exhibitions, television coverage and our online presence, we have only reached a fraction of our potential audience. A play provides a way of reaching new people – and probably a different demographic – as well as telling the story in a way that will be more accessible for many.

The Creative Team

Work on The Sand House play is a collaboration between The Sand House Charity, playwright Peter Spafford, director Olwen May, designer Kate Morton and producer Helen Goodman (of Khora Productions). They are being supported by members of the team who have delivered previous Sand House projects.

Progress so far

An application was made to Arts Council England (ACE) in autumn 2015, for funding to carry out early development work on the Sand House play. All involved were delighted to receive news, just before Christmas 2015, that the application had been successful. As a result, the creative team undertook several development workshops in early 2016. Once the ideas began to clarify, an event was held at Cast in Doncaster on 27 February 2016, to present those ideas to an invited audience of interested parties. After receiving excellent feedback at this ‘sharing event’, the team concluded the outline development phase by reporting back to ACE.

Following a rejected funding application in early 2017, a root and branch overhaul of our proposals was carried out. A new Grants for the Arts funding application to Arts Council England was submitted on 10 November 2017. On 31 January 2018 confirmation was received from Arts Council England that they will provide a substantial grant to make the project happen. We are extremely grateful for the public funding from the National Lottery via Arts Council England.

We are also indebted to the following organisations for their generous support:

While the highlight of the project will be the play itself, other activities and events are being planned, too, e.g. drama workshops, school visits, an exhibition, sand modelling sessions and documentary film, etc.. They will run in parallel with the play and greatly enhance the benefits arising from the project as a whole. We are indebted to Heritage Lottery Fund for supporting these wrap-around activities.

Flyers for the Sand House play and the associated events can be downloaded from here and here, respectively.

If you would like to offer financial or in-kind support to The Sand House play, we would be extremely grateful if you would contact us, please.

We wish to acknowledge the support provided to this project by Cast, Doncaster’s wonderful performance venue, which opened in 2013.

More information

We shall post updates on this page, as well as on Facebook and Twitter, as and when we have something of significance to report.