Archers actors set to appear in premiere of Cumbrian live radio play


ACTORS whose voices are regularly heard on the nationally-beloved radio play The Archers will be heading for a North Cumbrian village.

Croglin Village Hall will be the venue for the premiere of a new play by local author Sharon Gosling.

The Earth from the Air is set to star Sean Connolly, who plays Keith Horrobin in The Archers, and Bella Hamblin, who has also been heard on the show, as well as opposite her husband Sean in BBC Radio 4’s popular drama Home Front.

Sharon, who lives in Croglin, says: “The Earth from the Air is the story of what happens when Gabe, a woman with a fear of flying, confronts her fears by trying to learn to fly out of Carlisle airport.

“But the play also encompasses a little of the history of the fells around the village.

“Because the play was written for radio, that’s how it will be performed, as a ‘live radio play’ - that means the actors will have their scripts with them and their performances will be augmented by sound effects and music that has been composed specially for this production.

"We’ve had great support from the local community as well Eden Arts, the council and several local businesses."

Sean and Bella are donating their services for this performance, so all the proceeds will be going to the upkeep of the Village Hall, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year.

There are just two performances of this hour-long ‘live radio play’, on Friday October 27 and Saturday 28, with doors opening at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £12 each, and include dinner before the show.

Tickets are available from Withnail Books, at the Brunswick Yard in Penrith, or online at

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