Barrow Hill Roundhouse Museum, Chesterfield, Derbyshire. Britains only surviving operational Roundhouse Engine Shed
Key stage 1 & 2 Learning and Educational visits to Barrow Hill Roundhouse, Chesterfield, Derbyshire

“Lockdown The Line” – The Return Journey!

Down The Line is a powerful community play, written by award-winning playwright Kevin Fegan (link: and brought to life by director Carole Copeland (link:

The world premiere of the play was held in the Engine Shed amongst steam and diesel engines, with the turntable as centre stage. Held over three nights in September 2017, the play celebrated the re-opening of The Roundhouse, following the Heritage Lottery funded restoration project that helped us transform our visitor experience with a new café, learning and exhibition space.

“Steam trains, a brass band, professional actors working with novice actors and a standing ovation – theatre doesn’t get better than this… The play is amazingly powerful, deeply moving and incredibly atmospheric, bringing north Derbyshire’s community heritage and industrial history to life in the best way possible… Down The Line is a play that will tug on your heart strings, make you smile and is definitely worth a return journey!” (2017, Derbyshire Times. Read the rest of the review here. (link:

And a return journey is exactly what we have planned!

Barrow Hill Roundhouse celebrates its 150th Anniversary in August this year and we were hoping to repeat the performance to honour this incredible achievement. COVID-19 means that a full performance will have to wait, for now... However, undeterred it’s Full Steam Ahead at The Roundhouse, as we turn digital to celebrate this incredible milestone in our history.

We are excited to announce that Kevin Fegan and Carole Copeland are back and collaborating with amazingly talented local artists, actors and musicians,  to produce an abridged 20 minute film version of this successful community play, called “Lock Down The Line”.
The Lock Down The Line Team includes digital creative, John Whall (Link:, actor, Steve Dolton (Link: and musician Rob Laughlin (Link: They will be working with local schools, community and youth groups, along with original members of the Down The Line cast and crew, to create a Chorus using Zoom.

The best thing about this digital approach? You can get involved! Everybody is welcome to join in. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact the Learning Team by emailing us at

The Chorus will be singing The Permanent Way, a song written by John Tams, specifically for the play with original music by local musician Rob Laughlin. If you would like to join the chorus please see the YouTube links below to learn the words and music.




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