A live outdoor theatre event’s coming to Serpentine Green in Peterborough this month as part of a national festival and is celebrating the city’s homegrown talent.
Eastern Angles Theatre Company and HighTide Theatre are joining forces to bring us Signal Fires: Peterborough, a live outdoor theatre event on Saturday October 24, part of a national festival of fires!
The event is part of a unified effort from the UK’s leading touring theatre companies who are coming together this autumn to present a series of Signal Fires. The project is inspired by one of the original forms of theatre – storytelling around a fire.
All being well weather wise the event will take place on the green to the rear of Serpentine Green Shopping Centre (accessible from Eagle Way no through the shopping cnetre) but if the weather is too bad it will be relocated inside The Undercroft. They’ll be creating a brilliant tech fire which they promise will look impressive but won’t keep you warm… so take your chairs and blankets.
Eastern Angles will present the culmination of their Young Writers Group which was cut short due to the lockdown in March. It will be a celebration of the brilliant homegrown talent of Peterborough with each writer presenting a 10-minute extract from their script.
HighTide will present two pieces from their lockdown monologue series: Gran by Ben Weatherill (pictured below) and Bedlam Before The Burnout by Aisha Zia.
Gran is a touching portrait of life during the COVID-19 pandemic and the small moments of joy that can be found and will be performed by Sabrina Sandhu pictured above (Everyone’s Talking About Jamie, West End).
Bedlam Before The Burnout explores the chaos of modern urban life and the feeling of apocalypse which loomed even before the global pandemic.
Scott Hurran, Artistic Associate at Eastern Angles said – “Signal Fires presents an incredible opportunity for our Young Writers Group all under 30 at the beginning of their writing careers to have their work presented as part of a nationwide project at a time which is incredibly challenging for emerging talent to have their voices heard.”
Suba Das, HighTide Artistic Director said – “We’re delighted to be continuing our collaborative partnership with Eastern Angles and to be part of a moment of collective experience with the Signal Fires project at a time of so much uncertainty.
“We’re excited to be working with some of the best new talent in Peterborough and to share with them our work in return.
“We hope this is the start of a continued conversation with artists in Peterborough as we look to build on our artist development work in the East of England.”
In light of the current crisis, the signal fires will create beacons across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland warning of the threat the industry continues to face while celebrating the extraordinary vibrancy of touring theatre and the freelancers they engage. Stretching across four nations, this festival of fires will connect audiences, freelance artists and touring companies together in a communal, national act of storytelling.
Chimes Coffee Shop in the CSK Church will be open before each performance so you can grab a hot drink, soup or choose from a selection of cakes.
Rest assured that all Covid safety measures will be in place for both audience and staff and capacity’s limited to 30 per performance.
It’s all happening on Saturday October 24 with performances at 3pm and 6.30pm – it’s outdoors so wrap up!
Tickets start at £5 and can be booked in family groups of up to 6 people, booking via the Eastern Angles Box Office on 01473 211498 or www.easternangles.co.uk