The play starts with Roy and his friend Emma walking the Preseli Hills in Pembrokeshire. Emma points out one stone with astrological powers and tells Roy about the history of the area and its association with Stonehenge. The idea begins to take shape in Roy’s mind of starting a campaign to have the bluestones returned to their rightful place in Wales. He forms Carreg Glas and the group starts by trying to enlist the support of members of the Welsh Assembly with little success.
Another of Roy’s friends, Jane, knows many members of a local eco-community who are about to be evicted. Roy turns up to help and during an interview with a local newspaper makes his case for bringing back the bluestones from Wiltshire.
This results in more support for his ‘cause’ and the newly enlarged Carreg Glas stages a protest by blocking the Severn crossing and Severn bridge with camper vans which causes great media interest.
In particular, the owner of a local theme park offers to sponsor the removal of Stonehenge back to Pembrokeshire. He can see distinct possibilities of the attraction, especially when coupled to a new white-knuckle ride…
Everything appears to be going well until Roy starts receiving more mail, some of which appears to be from irate Druids who remind him in no uncertain terms of Stonehenge’s association with sacrifices, and how he could be instrumental in revitalising the ritual.
Rattled, Roy quickly backtracks and persuades the other members of Carreg Glas that it would be a far better idea to create a replica Stonehenge instead. They set to work, and then an American turns up who’s interested in exporting the stones across the Atlantic…
Characters in order of appearance
Emma: (F 30s – 40s) an earnest friend of Roy’s, very interested in local history and archaeology – steady, pragmatic
Roy: (M 30s- 40s) the founder of Carreg Las, likeable and always willing to trumpet some cause or other, but often with his own self-interest in mind, but likeable, Estuary-type
Jane: (F 20s – 40s) friend of Roy’s who also enjoys getting involved with ‘causes’ and throws herself into them – bright, enthusiastic, motivated
Rhys: (M 20s – 40s) another friend of Roy’s, similar to Jane quiet, dependable, but dedicated
Sian: (F 20s – 40s) lives in an eco-community in Pembrokeshire with other like-minded souls: earnest, dedicated
Sheila: (F 50s - 60s) Mother Earth type – would have been a Hippy first time around
Sean: (M 20s – 30s) another eco-community member
Police Officer: (M/F 30s – 50s) a typical ‘only doing his job’ police officer
NOTE: This is revised version of the play originally titled: 'Bringing Back the Bluestones'. A 1-Act version is also available.
A spoof achieves national notoriety
As part of the pre-publicity, a spoof website was set up for the group, with their demand to return Stonehendge to Wales. Wales' national newspaper - the Western Mail - picked up the story and it featured in a half page colour article and mentioned in the main editorial! Bringing Back the Bluestones opened in October 2002 in Pembrokeshire, after nationwide publicity!
Rewritten Bluestones packs theatre
The rewritten 'Bringing Back the Bluestones' performed by Fluellen Theatre Company played to full houses in a recent run in Pembrokeshire.
See a short extract from scene 1 of 'Bringing Back the Bluestones' here: