Signal Fires at The Actors' Church is co-created by
Anne-Marie Piazza, Jess Mabel Jones, Jon McLeod, Laura Swift, Lori Hopkins, Lucy Sierra, Natalie Allison, Russell Bender, Sherry Coenen, Tom Espiner, Victoria Saxton, Wendy Kibble
Created and performed by Lori Hopkins and Jess Mabel Jones
Devised and performed by Tom Espiner
Puppet and character of Henry by Blind Summit
Conceived by Victoria Saxton, Jon McLeod and Natalie Allison
Edited by Jon McLeod
with material from the Company
Written by Jon McLeod and performed by Anne-Marie Piazza
Performed by Wendy Kibble
An Ode to Margaret Ponteous
Written and performed by Anne-Marie Piazza
Tiny People installations
Created by Lucy Sierra
Produced by Potential Difference
Associate producer: Natalie Allison
Production Manager: Pete Rickards
The Elements: This event will take place entirely outdoors in November. It will be cold. It may be wet. We will provide the joy, and a bar serving hot drinks. You will need to provide the warmth. So please dress appropriately, wear suitable footwear, and feel free to bring an umbrella. (“There is no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing!”)
The Pandemic: The safety of our audiences and our team is of the utmost importance. We have gone to great lengths to ensure that every aspect of our Signal Fire, from rehearsal to performance, is in line with current government guidelines and industry best practice to make it COVID secure. Please see our full Please see our full COVID FAQ for more info on how that works and what to expect.
Access: While parts of the event will be seated, you will be moving around the yard and grassy areas of the churchyard, searching for and following clues. Unfortunately, some parts of the church’s grounds are not wheelchair accessible. If you are a a wheelchair user or someone with limited mobility, we will be offering an accessible route through our 7:30pm show. Please request this when you book by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
There is one disabled toilet on site which is only for use by audience members who need disabled access. Please note there are no other toilets available on site. The nearest public toilets are accessed from Covent Garden Piazza.
Making theatre in the time of covid - a British Academy project
As we create this new project together around the constraints of social distancing, we are concurrently participating in a research project led by Dr Laura Swift, from The Open University, and with support from the British Academy, investigating the role of performance arts when conventional live performance is not possible: Why does live performance matter? What is important and unique about it? What is lost when it can’t take place? And what is the role of live theatre in building resilience and recovery from the pandemic?
If you are interested in chatting about these questions, join Laura and Potential Difference at the Covid Theatre Cafe on November 12th, a free online event hosted by the Being Human Festival. More info and book your cafe place here.