Audio Performances




Our latest audio is a series of podcasts about people buried in the Gifford Place Cemetery remembered by their families. With special thanks to Jerry Sibley, Diane Lawer, Raymond Batkin, John Hershman, Valerie Mellor, Tim Robins and Adrian Cohen for their memories and contributions and Joseph Bard, for his singing

To HEAR the three podcasts CLICK HERE.

Created by Derek Frood and Ruth Mitchell, Sound design by Ed Jobling with original music by Helen Porter. 

Our Gifford Place Podcasts were funded by Mayflower 400 Community Sparks



Download the tracks to your phone or listen via this link

Located on Plymouth’s historic Hoe, in the shadow of The Citadel, lies a hidden secret: The Old Jewish Cemetery. Contained within high stone walls it has always remained hidden from public view. The only clue to its existence…an insignificant door.
In 2016 that door was opened and for the first time in its history the general public were given the opportunity to take a look inside. With the aid of funding from Vital Sparks and the Drake Foundation an audio trail was created in the garden cemetery, bringing to life the lives of those buried within this hidden gem.
In 1740 this plot was a family garden; today it is a calm oasis that hides a wealth of history and culture

Thanks to Georgina Bellem and Jonathan Nicholson for sharing their family history with us and writing the biographies of their ancestors Rachel Bellem and Kitty Levi, buried in this ground. Also to Janet Henwood for sharing information she collected from the Plymouth Records office.

With the voices of  Derek Frood; Jo Loyn; Natalie McGrath; Ruth Mitchell; Jojo Moreschi; Jon Nash; David Prescott; Jerry Sibley & Josie Sutcliffe; Sound design by Stage Technical Services

This audio trail is funded by Vital Sparks and the Plymouth Drake Foundation.

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The audios for Falmouth, Exeter and Plymouth are all on line to listen to, just CLICK HERE

Hidden Stories : Hidden Places grew out of our highly successful Plymouth Cemetery trail,  an artist led project researching and gathering stories from the people buried in overlooked and often unknown Jewish cemeteries in Exeter and Falmouth. The project culminated in a sharing of the stories for the Heritage Open days in 2017. We gave a presentation about the project in the Falmouth Poly;  in Exeter the stories were part of the open day in the Exeter synagogue and in Falmouth part of an audio trail in the Ponsharden Jewish and Dissenters Cemetery .

Hidden Stories:Hidden Places was created & voiced by Ruth Mitchell & Derek Frood, additional voices Kirsty Cox and David Prescott, Sound design, audio visual and recordings by Stage Technical Services, Exeter and Produced by Fiona Fraser-Smith

Thanks to the Exeter Hebrew congregation and their Family History Society plus Kehillat Kernow and the Friends of Ponsharden Cemeteries

Plus click HERE for a film about Hidden Stories: Hidden Places

Hidden Stories:Hidden Places was supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England , Exeter City Council small grants scheme and  Feast Cornwall a programme that makes great art happen across Cornwall.

All our Hidden Stories: Hidden Places research…

  • Black, Doris BA The Plymouth Synagogue 1761-1961  Synagogue Publication
  • Friedlander, Evelyn Ed. (2002) The Jews of Devon and Cornwall Catalogue of Exhibition  The Hidden Legacy Foundation
  • Fry, Helen (2915) The Jews of Plymouth Halsgrove: Somerset
  • Fry, Helen (2913) The Jews of Exeter Halsgrove: Somerset 
  • Nunn, Robert & Tom Weller (2016) The Dissenters’ Burying Ground, Ponsharden, Cornwall – Monument Survey Dissenters Press: Cornwall
  • Pearce, Keith (2014) The Jews of Cornwall- A History: Tradition and Settlement to 1913 Halsgrove: Somerset
  • Susser, Bernard BA (1972) An Account of the Old Jewish Cemetery on Plymouth Hoe. Bro-Cards:Plymouth
  • Susser, Bernard (1993) The Jews of South-West England: the rise and decline of their medieval and modern communities. The Exeter University Press:Exeter


Damnation Alley is an audio piece to be listened to whilst walking a route around the Barbican and is available to download onto an MP3 player or smartphone here or here.

This download guides the participant on a journey that begins and ends at the Barbican Theatre, Castle Street Plymouth.

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Damnation Alley was the nickname for Castle Street, a small street in the Barbican area of Plymouth that one time was known for its amount of ale houses and brothels. Inspired by an 1851 Government paper into the living conditions in Plymouth, the piece is part verbatum and part scripted. With thanks to Birlin publishers for the use of content from ‘Lost Plymouth’ by Felicity Goodall

Voices of Ruth Mitchell & Derek Frood, Sound Design by Belinda Dixon Media


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