Barrow Hill Roundhouse Museum, Chesterfield, Derbyshire. Britains only surviving operational Roundhouse Engine Shed
Key stage 1 & 2 Learning and Educational visits to Barrow Hill Roundhouse, Chesterfield, Derbyshire

“Lockdown The Line” – The Return Journey!

Down The Line is a powerful community play, written by award-winning playwright Kevin Fegan and brought to life by director Carole Copeland.

The world premiere of the play was held in the Engine Shed amongst steam and diesel engines, with the turntable as centre stage. Held over three nights in September 2017, the play celebrated the re-opening of The Roundhouse, following the Heritage Lottery funded restoration project that helped us transform our visitor experience with a new café, learning and exhibition space.

“Steam trains, a brass band, professional actors working with novice actors and a standing ovation – theatre doesn’t get better than this… The play is amazingly powerful, deeply moving and incredibly atmospheric, bringing north Derbyshire’s community heritage and industrial history to life in the best way possible… Down The Line is a play that will tug on your heart strings, make you smile and is definitely worth a return journey!” (2017, Derbyshire Times. Read the rest of the review here

And a return journey is exactly what we did - well virtually!

Plans to celebrate the 150th birthday of the Roundhouse in 2020 with a re-run of this highly successful Community Play, were sadly scuppered by the Coronavirus pandemic. Undaunted, the team behind the 2017 production, Writer Kevin Fegan and Director Carole Copeland, came up with a new way to mark the milestone. The result is "Lock-Down the Line", a celebration of the people and history of Barrow Hill brought to you courtesy of the digital world that we have had to embrace in this difficult year.

Through a series of online drama and singing sessions, art activities and competitions, talented members of our local community have worked alongside professional musicians, actors and digital artists to produce this extraordinary film, set in extraordinary times.

Our sincere thanks go to the The National Lottery and Arts Council England, and Cllr Barry Bingham's Derbyshire County Council Community Leadership Fund, for their financial support of this project. Our thanks also go to every person who has helped in ways small and large to make this project a reality.

We now proudly present the finished piece, a celebration of our Roundhouse, our town, it's people and its rich history. 

We hope you enjoy the results! 

If you would like to learn the song The Permanent Way you can use these resources produced by musician Robert Laughlin




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