Signal Fires (n): a fire or light set up in a prominent position as a warning, signal, or celebration.
In October and November, UK theatre touring companies join together in this time of crisis to return to the ‘original theatre’ - storytelling around a fire - 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 part of this nationwide festival, Potential Difference is reuniting the team of artists from our postponed production Fragments to create a new work exploring concepts of liveness, gathering, and participation - everything we have been missing about live performance.
As we work together around the constraints of social distance, we are concurrently participating in a research project led by Dr Laura Swift and with support from the British Academy, investigating the role of performance arts when conventional live performance is not possible. What is important and unique about live performance? What is lost when it can’t take place? What is the role of live theatre in building resilience and recovery from the pandemic?
Watch this space for further announcements, including how to purchase tickets.
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.