Walking stories

Walking Stories is a brand-new project from Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, which invited local people to tell the hidden stories of the place where they live.

We are delighted to share these stories with you.
The stories are written by local people, voiced by professional actors, with original music and sound design by composer, David Lewington.

Simply download the audio file onto a suitable device (smart phone, tablet or mp3 player) in a location with good WiFi.
Each story has a beautifully illustrated map to accompany it which you can either print off at home or view on your device as you walk.
Three of the Bury St Edmunds walks are all on one map so you may like to walk these during one visit.
Don’t forget your headphones! We recommend the over-head type rather than in ear-for a full experience and to reduce external noise.

Please Note: Walking Stories are highly immersive experiences but remember that cars and gravity are both real; take extra care on roads and crossings!

Hopes, Dreams and Legends - Newmarket

Image of Terry Molloy

Terry Molloy is a prolific British actor who has worked continuously on Radio, TV, Film, and Stage, over the past fifty+ years.  An accomplished broadcaster, Terry is perhaps best known as Mike Tucker in The Archers and Davros, Creator of The Daleks, in Doctor Who. As a result of the recent pandemic, Terry has been busy recording from his home studio, Doctor Who audio dramas as Davros and a five-part audio series of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea as Professor Arronax. As he is currently no longer travelling the world Terry enjoys strolling the Norfolk beaches, near to where he lives with his wife and their three Yorkshire Terriers.

Cavendish Hall - Thurston

Image of Penelope Rawlins

Penelope has over 20 years experience as a voice artist/actress in all genres. Nominated by Audible for Narrator of the Year, Penelope has voiced over 200 audiobooks. Favourite titles include: Gorillas in the Mist, The Turn of the Screw, Homeland: Carrie’s Run, Homeland:Saul’s Game (based on the TV series), The Heartfix, Sympathy, Let the Light Shine, The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes, Hattie B Magical Vet children’s series and The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory. Radio dramas for the BBC include Proust’s In Search of Lost Time, The Professor, The American Senator, Portrait of a Lady and Pride, Prejudice and PPE

A Walk Through Hessett

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Jennifer was born in Bury St Edmunds. Having lived for over 20 years in London and New Zealand, she has recently returned to her home town. Jennifer trained in acting at Middlesex University, BA Performing Arts- Drama.  Her television appearances include Gentleman Jack, EastEnders, Doctors and People Just Do Nothing. Films include Arthur and Merlin: Knights of Camelot, Villain, Pezhead, The Lost Choices, The Forgotten, Desmond, Dead Cert and Reunion. Her Theatre credits are numerous and include playing Henry V in Henry V, (Pop Up Globe, Auckland), Macbeth, Robin Hood (Creation Theatre), A Midsummer Nights Dream (East Anglian Tour), Twelfth Night (Principal Theatre Company) and Black Comedy (Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds)

Smells & Bells - Lavenham

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Tim trained at RADA and has acted in theatre, television and film. Since 2001, Tim has concentrated on directing and writing. Tim has been resident director for Bill Kenwright Ltd and is currently Artistic Director of Threepin Productions. Acting Includes: Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (National Theatre) Dancing at Lughnasa (Garrick Theatre), Lark Rise to Candleford (National Tour), Bodies (Southwark Playhouse) and Phoenix Blue (Film) Directing includes: All Creatures Great and Small (National Tour) Single Spies, Trainspotting, Disco Pigs, (York Theatre Royal) A Very Private Beach and Henry Purcell’ his Ground’ (ENO Baylis) and associated director on Cabaret (Lyric Theatre, Savoy Theatre and  National Tour), London Road (RNT) and Twelve Angry Men (National Tour).

Beasts - Bury St Edmunds

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During lockdown, Rebecca appeared in Long Distance Affair, an interactive Zoom show for Pop-up Theatrics (NYC) and Juggerknot (Miami), and wrote The Kindness of Strangers, for Johannesburg-based POPArt’s Incubator:7 project.  She has multi-roled in Much Ado About Nothing and played the Duke of York in Richard II. Her theatre experience includes work at Theatre Royal BSE, Barbican, Gate, Soho Theatre, New Diorama, Bristol Old Vic, Theatre503 and Latitude. TV includes Eastenders, Casualty and True Stories – Elizabeth Fry, with films including The IncidentThe WyrdAccidental Damage and Where I Belong. Rebecca performed her own critically acclaimed play, Sometimes I Laugh Like My Sister at the Edinburgh Fringe, throughout the UK, South Africa and Europe. Rebecca trained at Drama Studio London

Moyshe Pepperman & The Crusading Riots of 1189 - Bury St Edmunds

Image of Ben Addis

Ben Addis is a Welsh actor from Blaenafon. After training at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School he appeared in London’s West End, at the Royal National Theatre and with the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has worked extensively across the mediums of Film, Radio & TV  in productions for the BBC and ITV such as Doctor Who, Lewis, The Musketeers, Vera and Crown Court as well as voicing many Audiobooks and Guides – most recently for the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace. He lives with his family in Yorkshire.

Catherine Buck - Bury St Edmunds

Image of Rosanna Miles & Ben Addis

Rosanna trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. She has featured in many audio dramas including playing Dracula opposite Mark Gatiss; Riversong with Alex Kingston and The Cat of Bubastes with Brian Blessed. She can also be heard regularly playing a plethora of characters across time and space in Doctor Who. Theatre includes: Absurd Person Singular (London Classic Theatre); Blithe Spirit and Murder In Play (Aldeburgh Classic Theatre); Islanders (Theatre West);  Noises Off (Suffolk Theatres); Walking The Tightrope (Arcola Theatre); THE Fool written and directed by Edward Bond; Beyond Nora (Nuffield Theatre); Gaslight (Jill Freud & Co.); Below Stairs (Arts Theatre West End.) Television includes: Doctors (BBC); The Grimleys (ITV); Specials (BBC.)

The Journey Home

Image of Badria Timimi

Badria trained at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Theatre credits includes: My Brilliant Friend (National Theatre), Othello (Shakespeare’s Globe), My Brilliant Friend (Rose Theatre Kingston), Told From the Inside (Royal Court), Feed The Beast (Birmingham Rep/New Wolsey), Subterranean Sepoys (National Theatre Platform/Tara Arts), Titus Andronicus, A Mad World, My Masters, Candide (all for Royal Shakespeare Company), The House of Bernarda Alba (Almeida Theatre), Tales From The Harrow Road (Soho Theatre), Birth of a Nation (Royal Court), The War Next Door (Tricycle Theatre), The Eleventh Minute (Royal Court), 1001 Nights Now (Northern Stage), The Maids (Alma Tavern/Latvia International Festival), The Shagaround (Nuffield Theatre).

Television includes: Our Girl, Trigonometry, Carnival Row, Father Brown, Unforgotten, Eastenders, Hollyoaks, D.C.I. Banks, Killing Jesus, Drifters, Whitechapel, Law & Order, The Shadow Line, The Little House, Doctors, Holby City, The Fixer, Generation Kill, The House of Saddam, The Bill, Trial and Retribution, Prime Suspect, Secret Smile, Silent Witness, Afterlife, Murder Prevention, Spooks, The Grid, Messiah, Walking With Cavemen, Casualty, Cold Feet.

Film includes: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, Pusher, Syriana

Walking Stories is Supported by Arts Council England, Bury Town Council & West Suffolk Council Locality Budgets

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