At a time when many companies are unable to physically tour on their own, we come together to tour an idea as one.
All you need is…
A fire, an audience and a story.
UK theatre touring companies join together in a time of crisis to return to the ‘original theatre’ - storytelling around fires - to celebrate our fundamental need as humans to gather, tell stories and make sense of the world around us, so that we can collectively reimagine the future.
As we revive our critically acclaimed adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth, we recognise that we are incredibly fortunate to be able to tour once again and bring live theatre to audiences in 2020. Whilst we are delighted to be back doing what we love, so many of companies are still unable to tour and many of our venues have been unable to re-open or host theatre productions since the start of the pandemic.
We join with many of the UK's leading touring theatre companies to perform as part of "Signal Fires" to celebrate our ability to create, perform and share theatre with others and we pay tribute to each of our venues we have sadly are unable to return to at the current time.
In our adaptation of this Shakespearean classic we use the witches as the driving force for the action, the storytellers, without whom there would not be a tale. The witches will gather around a fire pit incorporated into the set, to traditional Scottish Gaelic song at the start of the show, within which we will place scrolls listing all our venues affected by the pandemic in the county in which we are performing that night. At the first and last performance, at our own open-air venue in Sussex, we will have a real fire burning throughout.
The ashes from the first will remain in the fire pit throughout the tour, the real flames replaced by lighting effects. At the final performance, all of the scrolls will be lit to create our final "signal fire".
Click the Signal Fires image below to find out who else is involved and to see where in the UK events will be taking place in October & November