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Help wanted to support ‘sensational’ theatre adaptation of multi-award winning book by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris

The Lost Words: Told in Gold by Chris PayneThe Lost Words: Told in Gold by Chris Payne

An immersive outdoor theatre performance based on Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris’ acclaimed book The Lost Words is coming to the heart of the North York Moors National Park and organisers are looking for a dedicated group of volunteers interested in theatre and performing arts to help behind the scenes.

As part of the National Park’s new Wood Life Festival taking place this summer, the influential book will be reimagined once more in an outdoor theatrical performance that has been hailed by critics as an ‘arts extravaganza’ filled with ‘breathtaking’ performances.

Told in Gold by Chris Payne

‘The Lost Words: Told in Gold’ production will take place in the grounds of The Moors National Park Centre in Danby from Friday 24 July until Monday 27 July, with three performances taking place each day. Part of the production will take place inside a huge goldfinch nest auditorium where a world filled with song and projected illustrations will await the audience. Members of the public can then explore the surrounding woodland as performers act out the many ‘spells’ and creatures included within the book to conjure back the lost words that children once used to depict nature, such as wren and acorn.

To support this ambitious project, organisers from the North York Moors National Park Authority are looking for volunteers to help spread the word and assist with the practical running of the performance. This will include helping to set up, welcoming guests, traffic management, car park stewarding, putting up posters and acting as guides throughout the performances.

Told in Gold by Chris Payne

Joan Childs, head of the Volunteer Team at the North York Moors National Park Authority, said: “Any help to support this fantastic production would make a massive difference. More than 500 volunteers contribute to the smooth running of the National Park and quite simply we wouldn’t be able to achieve what we do without them. If you are interested please get in touch with our volunteer team.”

Sally Ann Smith, Inspired by… gallery curator, said: “The Lost Words book has already resonated with hundreds of thousands of people and this sensational production really portrays the fundamental ideas behind its creation. The theatrical performances help to reengage the audience with words such as adder, bluebell, heron and kingfisher in a unique and inspiring way. We are very excited that this production is coming to the National Park and any help to support it would be fantastic.”

Any volunteers who wish to get involved can contact the Volunteer Team at or by calling 01439 772700. Volunteers would need to be available on Thursday 23 July to help set up.

For those wishing to attend, tickets cost £12.50 for adults and £7.50 for children. Booking is essential. For more information regarding the event or to make a booking please visit the Wood Life homepage. Alternatively, please call 01439 772738.

A whole range of other activities will also be taking place as part of the Wood Life Festival, from spoon carving to forest bathing. If you would like to learn more please visit the Wood Life homepage.


Media contact

Charlie Fox, Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority
01439 772700

The North York Moors National Park

The North York Moors is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, ancient woodland and historic sites. Created on 28 November 1952 it became Britain’s sixth national park. Covering an area of 554 square miles (1,436 square kilometres), the National Park has 26 miles of coastline, two national nature reserves, 840 Scheduled Monuments and over 3,000 listed buildings, attracting an estimated 8 million visitors a year.

The National Park has two visitor centres, The Moors National Park Centre, Danby and Sutton Bank National Park Centre, providing opportunities for cycling, walking, eating, picnicking, shopping, crafts and wildlife-watching. The centre in Danby also houses the Inspired by… gallery, which features regularly changing exhibitions by artists who draw their inspiration from the North York Moors.

The North York Moors National Park Authority works with a wide variety of people to care for this beautiful corner of Yorkshire, providing apprenticeships and volunteering opportunities with nearly 14% of staff being apprentices from local families.

Further information about the North York Moors National Park and other press releases are available on this website.