In October and November, a large collective of UK theatre companies will present a series of theatrical events called 'Signal Fires' at locations across the UK in celebration of the need to tell stories.
The companies will be working with hundreds of UK freelancers with each 'fire' will span different disciplines reflecting the breadth and diversity of the theatrical touring circuit. Each will be presented outdoors in front of socially distanced live audiences, or digitally for those who are shielding or currently unable to travel.
Companies involved are: 45North, Arcade, Beyond Face, Big Telly, Boundless, Eastern Angles, English Touring Theatre, Fen in association with Out of Joint, Fio in association with Tara Arts, Fuel, Graeae, Headlong, Hightide, Kestrel Theatre Company, Kneehigh, Macha Productions, National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, New Perspectives, Pentabus, Pilot, Paines Plough, SBC Theatre, Scottish International Storytelling Festival, Slung Low, Spare Tyre, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men and Yellow Earth Theatre (with more to be announced).
Headlong, for example, will gather local audiences around a bonfire at St Luke’s Bombed Out Church in Liverpool, to present a three-night programme of new writing.
We'll have more news on the programme as it is announced. Here is an audio version of this announcement.
The health and safety of audiences, artists, creative teams and staff alike is of the upmost importance. All companies involved in the project will implement COVID secure measures to ensure that their full process, from rehearsal to performance, is in line with the current government guidelines, following strict hygiene protocols and allowing for social distancing.