In 2001, the British farming industry was brought to its knees by a disaster that threatened to undermine the entire infrastructure of rural society. Silence of a Dale (2001) attempts to bring a local perspective to that national crisis by telling the story of the outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease in the words of local people.
The play is complied entirely from transcripts from interviews with a range of local people. In their words we hear the untold stories of 2001 – some of them funny, some of them tragic, all of them true.
Silence of a Dale (2001) was performed by a community cast working with a professional director.
Alice Bartlett compiled and directed the play.