Forbidden: A Tale of Love and War

A dramatic promenade performance in the spectacular surroundings of Goodrich Castle.

Through a field of flags, enter a battle-torn world of lost love and tragedy.

A cast of over 150, including professional dancers, aerialists and community performers create a unique dance theatre performance in this stunning heritage site.


Forbidden is inspired by the true story of Alice Birch and Charles Clifford, lovers from opposing sides of the Civil War who escaped Goodrich Castle during the Roundhead siege lead by Colonel Birch, Alice’s father. They fled on horseback during a heavy storm and reached the swollen banks of the River Wye, only to drown in their desperate attempt to be together.

Forbidden DVD now available

The DVD of the performance of Forbidden: A Tale of Love and War is now available. The cost is £10.00 (+ £1.00 postage and packing*) per DVD. (*Free postage and packing on orders of 10 DVDs or more).

If you would like to order copies, please click on the link below to download the order form and send it with payment to the Dancefest office.

Forbidden_DVD_order_form (PDF)

Forbidden was supported by The National Lottery through Arts Council England and has received funding from The Heritage Lottery Fund, The Ernest Cook Trust, The Elmley Foundation and Herefordshire County Council, and sponsorship from the University of Worcester and Ross Area Partnership - funded through the Advantage West Midlands Market Towns Initiative.