These Hills Are Ours: Daniel Bye & Boff Whalley

These Hills Are Ours

Friday 21 May 2021
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Ashburton Arts Centre


Admission is by donation – though to be sure of a place, please book here in advance.

Update, 21 May: Given the weather forecast, it’s very likely that this performance will be happening inside the Arts Centre. See our ‘pandemic policies’ below.

These Hills Are Ours:  A tour with a difference
Over two weeks in May 2020, Daniel Bye and Boff Whalley were due to visit Devon with their show These Hills Are Ours. The plan was to connect Devon’s two coasts north to south, performing each night at rural venues, and running between venues by day. During the middle weekend they planned to lead a choir on a walk between beauty spots, singing an original song and making the final short film in a series, charting similar expeditions around the country – here’s one of the earlier ones:
Obviously, none of that happened. But one year on from the original engagement, it looks as though it might just be possible this May.
Dan and Boff plan to run Devon coast-to-coast, performing shows along the way. Starting on the quay at Hartland, they’ll perform in beauty spots, up hills, by waterfalls, in coves. They’ll perform on the village green, or in a back garden. Each performance will be different, and each location will tell a different story about what we’ve been missing this past year.
The shows, the engagements with audience and singers, and the adventure of the journey running (and probably camping) between performances, will be filmed to create a documentary. It’ll be a love letter to the magnificent Devon countryside from coast to coast.
And it’ll be a story of everything we’ve missed over the past year – live performance, singing together and journeys in wild places.
Come and be part of the Ashburton installment. On the day they’ll be running to us from Chagford.

This is planned to be an outdoor performance in the Arts Centre forecourt.  Admission is by donation – though to be sure of a place, please book here in advance.

Pandemic policies. This information will be updated as things change.

Thu 14 October: some minor changes below to make clearer, and adding a request to take a Lateral Flow Test before coming to an event at the Arts Centre

Mon 19 July: We will continue with everything listed below, which have been in place since 17 May. We have added a new protocol for sitting in the balcony, making face masks compulsory there:

  • As levels of Covid infections are increasing again in this area (on 14 October), we request that everyone take a Lateral Flow test before coming to the Arts Centre, and that you don’t come if this is positive. In this case, a refund or transfer of your ticket to another event can be arranged, if you let us know before the end of the event, by emailing
  • The windows and doors of the venue will be open, allowing fresh air to be constantly moving through. This may mean that the ambient temperature is similar to outdoors, and audience members should dress accordingly. From October, when necessary, we are switching on the electric heaters in the main hall, even though the windows are open. This makes the central part of the hall warmer. The seats at the sides under the balcony don’t get as much benefit from this.
  • We recommend wearing face masks whenever inside the building. We particularly ask everyone to wear a mask when in the bar area, unless medically exempt; and…
  • Anyone who sits in the balcony MUST wear a face mask – with no exceptions. This is: (a) to provide a place for people who want to be as distanced as possible from others, and with anyone nearby wearing a mask – the seats in the balcony are naturally separated; and (b) as virus particles when airborne are generally heavier than air, this helps to mitigate the risk of transmission from people sitting in the balcony to audience members below.
  • Hand sanitiser will be available as well as soap and water in the toilets; please use these frequently.
  • Bar service at the Arts Centre is carried out by volunteers. If enough are available, they will take orders at your seat, and bring drinks to you. Otherwise, you can order drinks at the bar, one person at each end of the bar at a time, and take them immediately to your seat.
  • All members of the audience should wear a facemask while indoors, except if medically exempt, or when eating or drinking. Our experience is that this is one of the things most important for making some (perhaps more vulnerable) members of the audience feel safe to attend concerts. Whatever your opinion of the efficacy of facemasks in preventing the spread of the virus, please help to reassure others, and showing that you’re thinking of them, by complying with this.
  • There are posters inside the building showing the QR code that’s connected to the NHS Track and Trace app – please use this. We will also keep a record of all ticket buyers for the required period, and pass this on to the NHS or Devon Public Health if requested.