Arc Stockton presents the world première of These Hills Are Ours, written and performed by 2019 Scotsman Fringe First winner Daniel Bye and singer-songwriter Boff Whalley. The production opens at Shoreditch Town Hall on 2 April, with previews from 31 March and runs until 3 April, ahead of a UK tour.

These Hills Are Ours explores the writers’ mutual love of running, celebrates the freedom to roam wild places – and asks what they’re really running from.

For the last year two years Bye and Whalley have been running a series of routes, from the centre of the city in which they found themselves, to the top of a peak overlooking that city. In story and in song, These Hills Are Ours is the culmination of what they found out – about the relationship between city and country, between wild and controlled, about land ownership, about why we’re drawn to natural places – and about how far we’re prepared to go for what we believe in.

​Daniel Bye today said, “Boff and I have worked together on lots of projects, from very small to large enough to warrant an AA road sign. And these conversations always had a habit of drifting into conversation about running. So we thought it was high time to make hay out of that and work together on a show with running as its starting point.


It’s evolved into something about much more than that: non-runners will get just as much from this show as runners. Anyone who’s ever enjoyed the countryside, celebrated freedom, done something really hard, or just wanted to run away from it all, will be at home in this show.


For those who want it, though, there is a bonus for runners: in each venue we’ll invite the audience to join us for a run the following morning. The route will be out of the town or city to the nearest high, wild, or green place. Because that’s what we’ve done together as part of working on the show and it’s great to be able to share that with the audience in a more real setting than a post-show Q&A. Although if you don’t run and do want to chat, I expect we’ll be in the bar afterwards.”


These Hills Are Ours is with supported by ArtsDepot. It was commissioned by Beaford Arts, Eden Project North, Lancaster Arts, Leeds Playhouse and Shoreditch Town Hall.


Daniel Bye credits as a performer include Arthur (Edinburgh Festival Fringe), Instructions for Border Crossing (Edinburgh Festival Fringe/UK tour), Error 404 (Polka Theatre), How To Occupy An Oil Rig (Camden People’s Theatre), The Six O’Clock NewsGoing Viral, Story Hunt (UK tour) and Tiny Heroes (The Bike Shed Theatre).

Boff Whalley was the lead guitarist for the anarchic-punk and folk band Chumbawamba. His theatre credits include Wrong Un’; We’re Not Going BackSex & Docks & Rock ‘n’ RollRiot, Rebellion & Bloody Insurrection (UK tour), Lovely Day Tomorrow (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Armley – The MusicalPlay Up, Play Up (West Leeds Festival) and Big Societies (Leeds City Varieties). Whalley has also published two books titled Footnote and Run Wild.

About Author /

Kath is an actor, singer and writer with a passion for theatre. She has been reviewing for At The Theatre since 2014. Kath has a Masters in Performance at Liverpool Hope University and is Creative Engagement Worker for B arts, a participatory arts organisation.

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