The Forest & the Field was a gently seductive, immersive piece of non-fiction storytelling, which asked its audience to look at themselves, and to consider what we’re all doing when we meet in a theatre space.

Using live demonstrations and video clips, and drawing on a wealth of examples from Shakespeare to OJ Simpson, The Forest & the Field created a space for reflecting on theatre, from inside the moment of its happening.

The piece considered how makers and audiences over time have imagined what theatre is, and how it relates to the world around it; and it asked some searching questions about how theatre might change to meet the social and cultural challenges of tomorrow — and how we might change with it.

Relaxed and informal, yet passionate and provocative, The Forest & the Field opened up an irresistible invitation not only to theatre makers and thoughtful audiences, but to anyone with an interest in how we live today.

The Forest and The Field

Writer / Director – Chris Goode
Designer – Naomi Dawson
Lighting Designer – Kristina Hjelm
Performed by Chris Goode and Tom Ross-Williams
Associate Director – Wendy Hubbard
Associate Artist – Jonny Liron
Production Manager – James Lewis

A Chris Goode & Company production
Produced in association with Ovalhouse
Supported by Schtanhaus, The Touchstone Trust, Judith E Wilson Drama Studio and Jerwood Space

Tour Dates

Ovalhouse, London
Arnolfini / Mayfest, Bristol
New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
Drum Theatre, Plymouth
“[A] quiet yet powerful meditation on what the hell we’re all doing when we gather together in the theatre.”
“A brilliant performance on theatre, The Forest & the Field is as likely to move as it is to provoke; its sense of play is as physical and visceral as it is intellectual. ... What Goode says is interesting, what he asks and what he asks for feels essential.”
“Goode softly and sweetly coerces the audience into thinking by inviting them to think with him, not just to think about what he is saying.”
Oval House