Heart of Stone The poRtland project

In partnership with

Portland’s community choir ‘Island Voices’

Supported by

Take part in a new play about Portland!

We are bringing generations together to share the stories and insights of the Portland Stone industry and the Jurassic Coast.

This new play will draw on the history of the Earth’s geology and the effects of climate change.

Billy Coombes Quarry in Bumpers Lane. 2nd left Stewart Lynham, 4th left (Boy) Lynham. Front Charlie Gould, rear Norman Comben, 3rd left Jack Ellis (Crane Driver). Curated by Geoff Kirby.

A community group of players ‘The Portland Players’ will be created to workshop a script written by the Black Ven Poet.

Black Ven Poet Sarah Acton

Directed by

Produced by

Steffy Clements

Featuring original music and songs created by ‘Island Voices’ in collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Lucie Treacher...

...and local musician and performer Alastair Simpson.

Costume design by Sophie Fretwell.

Rehearsed outdoor public performances will take place in September 2021...

...and go on to tour across the country enlightening people on the story behind the striking white stone that makes up most of the prominent buildings in our cities.

Want to be involved?

Register your interest now!

Let us know if you have a story to share, would like to perform, or play a backstage role.

Contact Charmaine and Steffy via email on:


Bottomcoombe Masonry Works approx. 1931 (unk.) Back Row:- Len Attwooll, Ford Brown, (unk.) Jolliffe, Edward Shrives, Reg Attwooll, (Unk.), Ron Pavey, (Unk.), George Stewkesbury, Tom Miller, Harold Rodenhurst, Bob Peters, Fred Gardner. Front Row:- Edward Shrives, (Unk.), Harry Hibbs . Curated by Geoff Kirby.

Where did all this start?

In 2019 at Portland Museum a series of discussion cafes about stone quarrying was run by Black Ven Poet Sarah Acton as part of an artist residency.

The events were a great success, generating interest in the local area.

Enthused and inspired by these sharings, Black Ven was driven to create something new with this community...