Ties That Bind, is a collection of new audio plays interrogating our relationship to Devon.

Written from the perspective of three different writers, each of the plays in the Ties That Bind series use the Devon landscape as a starting point to explore what feels important to the writers today.

Devon can be seen from the outside as irrelevant: either as the heart of the Brexit Belt or a place to holiday or retire. But in reality there’s a hive of community action here; people doing ambitious things to tackle the problems around them, and these people are often grounded by the ancient landscape around them.

Producing Ties That Bind allowed Documental to expand their local and national network of creatives and also offer support to three writers with a lived experience of caring or disability.

Documental will premiere a piece of live work at our Barnfield Theatre in 2023.

Ties That Bind creative team:
Director & dramaturg – Micha Mirto
Sound design & composition – Ben Glass
Producer – Naomi Turner
Artistic Director & script oversight – Lucy Bell
Sound engineer – Duncan Chave

Cast: Micha ColumboHeidi ParsonsJane SpurrRosie Race, Kevin Johnson, Thea MacKnee, Conor Magee and Naomi Turner

“My aim was to work with Rosie Race, Saraswathi Sukumar and Ian Winterton to ensure we achieved the best expression of what they each wanted to say. We’ve created three entirely fictional works but each is grounded in truth… whether it is an individual memory or a fantastical dramatisation of something we’ve all lived through as a society. This felt particularly important for Ties that Bind, a project which has its roots in a very specific, often under-represented place.” Micha Mirto, Director

Listen to the plays here:

DARTMOOR by Ian Winterton


BANDAGES by Rosie Race