On Saturday 27 October, volunteers and staff at Samphire Hoe put on a Halloween extravaganza called 'King Lear struts his stuff' as part of Kent Coastal Week. The version of William Shakespeare's King Lear was especially adapted for the occasion by local actor Tony Clark.
Some 60 people braved the dramatic weather to see the St Margaret's players perform this family-friendly version of the tragedy using props, including a hovel, some stocks and even some gallows, made by Samphire Hoe staff.
The play is actually suited for Halloween as much of the action takes place during a raging storm as many deaths occur, including a hanging, poisoning, suicide, death from duelling, and eventually that of King Lear from a broken heart.
Despite the adverse weather, children at the event enjoyed becoming unruly knights by playing conkers and pelting Kent in the stocks. Later on, they chased after the Earl of Gloucester's gouged eyes and joined in a battle scene with loud cannon fire explosions.
Steve Walker, ranger at Samphire Hoe, said: "It was absolutly amazing that so many people came out as the weather forecast was awful. Earlier in the day, the event nearly got cancelled as it was freezing cold with strong gusty winds, the skies opened and it poured down.
"During King Lear's madness, it rained a little which only added to the drama with a bright rainbow arching over the action"
At the time that William Shakespeare was writing King Lear, he was said tyo have travelled regularly through Dover. It was his familiarity with the cliffs that may well have inspired his descriptions. To this day the first cliff on the west side of Dover is known as Shakespeare Cliff and the place where construction of the Channel Tunnel started.More about in pictures