Plymouth's historic Barbican at nightPlymouth’s Barbican and Sutton Harbour are the heart of the city’s heritage.

A vibrant place full of cobbled streets and narrow lanes with more than 200 Listed Buildings, many of which are Tudor or Jacobean. With so much history and as a point of arrival and departure over the last few centuries, there are many stories to tell.

‘Ropewalks’ is a project that created a vibrant new way to interpret this incredible history.

A filming session for the Plymouth History Centre's 'Ropewalks' project taking place at the Mayflower MuseumWorking in partnership with the Barbican Theatre, writer Jon Nash and a group of emerging professionals we developed a series of theatrical walking tours. The tours took people on a journey through hundreds of years of history, following in the footsteps of those who have helped connect Plymouth to the rest of the world.

All the performances have now taken place, but you can find out what happened throughout the project by reading our blog posts by members of the team and looking at our photo galleries below.

Project Progress

9 February 2017: Over the cobbles and back in time by Sara Norrish

23 February 2017: A visit to the Film and Television Archive by Chiara Cabri

9 March 2017: A fun object handling session by Joe Woolley

23 March 2017: Creating an immersive experience by Toluse Farley

13 April 2017: Bringing heritage and performing arts together by Victoria Lester

4 May 2017: Writing Ropewalks by Jon Nash

1 June 2017: Creating the Costumes by Hannah McArthur

8 June 2017: Getting our message across by Sheila Snellgrove and Sara Norrish

Project Images and Videos

We documented the ‘Ropewalks’ project through photography and film. Take a look!

Images: Dress Rehearsal pictures

Images: Photo Booth pictures #1

Images: Photo Booth pictures #2

Video: Devising ‘Ropewalks’

Video: ‘Ropewalks’ Trailer