Cider with Roadies is a three-year project focussing on apples. The autumnal tour travels around Devon and Somerset with a specially commissioned apple press called Pomona, designed by the sculptor Jon Rodney-Jones.
Communities have the chance to press their spare apples, at the same time be entertained by live music and begin a dialogue with
Common Players that will extend over the three years.
In 2007, Common Players commissioned Jon Stokes to write The Big Squeeze, the first of a trilogy of plays.
The Big Squeeze, a family play, was performed at the end of a day's pressing. Alongside the press and performance was the Apple Animateur, collecting information about local apple stories, traditions and identifying local varieties of apple. As well, the Apple Educator worked in local primary schools engaging and encouraging children to learn about local apple heritage.