Pauline Sheppard


Dressing Granite

Dressing Granite is published by United Writers Publications. Price £8.00 (includes p&p). Paperback.

There’s no such thing as a workhouse under the Welfare State, but when Ben Thomas becomes so ill that he cannot be cared for at home that is where he goes, and he should know, he helped his father build it.

His son Matthew continues to work in their stone- mason’s yard next to their isolated cottage on the Cornish moors: until one day the council tell him that he must sell everything to pay for his father’s care.

Suddenly the lives of these two independent Cornishmen, who don’t owe “nuthen to no one” are overtaken by the system. Ben wanders in and out of present reality and Matthew faces the loss of his father, his home and his inheritance. However, in the face of adversity, he discovers the true continuity of life and Garfield Jackson’s mermaid.

“Every life have a seam and without that seam nobody can live, nuthen can live, not even the smallest ant you can find.”

‘Magnificent, moving and certainly not to be missed. Now and again in the theatre one is aware that something very special is happening on stage.” ... The Cornishman.

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Commissioned in 1996 by the Cornwall Promoters Consortium. First performed in Cornwall in 1997. Nominated for the Arts Council’s Meyer-Whitworth Award.

Dressing Granite was made into a feature film in 2007 by Bedrock Films. (It was directed by Bill Scott and produced by Laura Hardman)


A play for voices

Tin & Fishes is published by United Writers Publications. Price £8.00 (includes p&p). Paperback.

Come with us to St. Just and meet Miss Procter, “You want history, boy, we’re bloody living in it.” Miss Procter also knows about the weather, “It’s a pheenomeenon up ’ere.” She used to work at Land’s End Radio where knowing the weather mattered. Meet Matthew and Lizzie Richards who got pregnant during the blackouts of the 3 day week in the seventies. Meet their daughter Susie who got out of Cornwall after Geevor closed in the eighties, “Idden nuthen left here.” Re-live David Penhaligon’s speech: “Cornwall needs more than deck-chairs and ice-cream.” The twins from No Go By weren’t even born then, and Jim Eddy down The Miners, he stays in the fifties with his ferrets: “had a ferret once had muscle-definition in his back legs.” Through it all, running higgledy-piggledy like tin through granite, Matthew Richards lives in his garden shed, on the nineteenth level, “only he never coughed so much before.”

The past becomes a foreign country much sooner than it used to do. In the seventies there were no mobile phones, no home computers, no colour pictures in newspapers, no cds, television closed down at night, and the M5 to Cornwall was still under construction. Change is inevitable; but the way change is managed is important to the lives of communities.

Engrossing story is pure Cornwall.”... The Cornishman

Commissioned by St. Just Area Regeneration Project and World Heritage. First performed in Cornwall in 2005

This play for voices is a dramatisation from real memories and stories gathered within the community.