Hefted: Site-Based Audio Drama R+D Event

Hefted: Site-Based Audio Drama R+D Event

Posted on behalf of David Lane

Hefted is an audio drama of nine stories hurtling listeners through 600 years of life in the dynamic landscape of North Devon, up to the present day and beyond into the future.

Originally commissioned and presented by Beaford Arts and Multi Story as both a mixed community/professional stage production and a small-scale rural tour, it was then adapted for audio by sound designer Adrienne Quartly and writer and K-Resident David Lane.

It launched online and at the Burton Art Gallery and Museum in June 2019 and is now touring until September, as an accompanying exhibit within heritage exhibitions of archive photography across 8 North Devon villages.

This R+D invites participants to experience these nine rurally based stories in nine different urban sites in Exeter, going on a walking route beginning at Kaleider and around the city, to kick-start a wider conversation for Beaford and David asking:

  • How urban audiences respond to work inspired by and embedded in a rural context

  • How digital audio pieces might connect narratives of the urban and the rural

  • What happens if you experience rurally-rooted audio in an urban site?

  • What is the difference between rural and urban anyway?

  • What we might do next as an artistic project that explores these questions more purposefully?


  • A smartphone or tablet with 4G

  • Over-ear (noise-cancelling) headphones (not ear-buds) if you have them

Beginning at Kaleider Studios, participants will spend approx. 2 hours (no more!) walking from site to site in Exeter listening to the audio.

As well as taking a map and a device upon which to listen to the audio, you might be required to read things, hold things, do a little simple imaginative task or similar.

You’ll then return to Kaleider for coffee, cake and guided conversation around the questions above (and anything else you want to throw in).

Conversations will continue in the pub afterwards for those who’d like to do so.

Other Info

Our aim is to bring together K-Residents, students/staff from Exeter University Drama Department who have been supporting the audio adaptation, and other interested Exeter performance folk. 

The audio has not been specifically designed for a site-specific listening experience, so this is very much about using it as a prompt for the questions above. The piece will not be revised and re-made as a result of this little R+D – but perhaps something new and completely different will be!

18 Jul 2019 at 1:30pm
until 18 Jul 2019 at 5:00pm
Kaleider Studios
45 Preston Street

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