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This winter, theatre companies will be lighting fires and telling stories across the UK, inviting audiences to experience a return to the origins of theatre. Each fire will signal the richness of touring theatre, and the threat our industry continues to face. 

To find a performance near you, explore the map, click on a fire and follow the link for more information.

Some fires are physical, some digital; some will take place in one location, others numerous.

 

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Salisbury, 30 and 31 October
This is my Theatre Go to https://www.thisismytheatre.com/macbeth-2020
Online, 7th November
Graeae Go to https://www.graeae.org/signal-fires
Online, 26th October
Wildcard Go to https://www.wildcardtheatre.co.uk/productions/current/signal-fires
Various Locations, 26th - 31st October
Boundless Theatre Go to https://boundlesstheatre.org.uk/productions/signal-fires/
Buckinghamshire, 17 Oct
This is my Theatre Go to https://www.thisismytheatre.com
Icklingham, 20 Oct
This is my Theatre Go to https://www.thisismytheatre.com
Suffolk All Saints' Church, 21 Oct
This is my Theatre Go to https://www.thisismytheatre.com
Cambridge, 22 - 23 Oct
This is my Theatre Go to https://www.thisismytheatre.com/macbeth-2020
Sandwich, Kent 24 Oct
This is my Theatre Go to https://www.thisismytheatre.com/macbeth-2020
Brighton, 25 Oct
This is my Theatre Go to https://www.thisismytheatre.com/macbeth-2020
Albury, 27 Oct
This is my Theatre Go to https://www.thisismytheatre.com/macbeth-2020
Stockbridge, 28 Oct
This is my Theatre Go to https://www.thisismytheatre.com/macbeth-2020
Petworth, 18 Oct 
This is my Theatre Go to https://www.thisismytheatre.com/macbeth-2020
Zoom and YouTube, 4th November
Spare Tyre Go to https://www.sparetyre.org/whats-on/events/signal-fires
Wiltshire Upper Beeding Pharmacy, 1 Nov
This is my Theatre Go to https://www.thisismytheatre.com/macbeth-2020
Crawley, 29 Oct
This is my Theatre Go to https://www.thisismytheatre.com/macbeth-2020
Upper Beeding, 16 Oct 
This is my Theatre Go to https://www.thisismytheatre.com/macbeth-2020
Online, 30 Oct
balletLORENT Go to https://www.balletlorent.com/news/signal-fires
Plymouth, 5 Nov
Beyond Face Go to https://www.beyondface.co.uk
Bradford, Early November
SBC Theatre Go to https://www.sbctheatre.co.uk/
Online, 28-29 Oct
Highly Suspect Go to https://www.highlysuspect.co.uk/signal-fires
Great Yarmouth, Norfolk - 6th November
fEAST Theatre Go to http://feasttheatre.com/home/
Soulton Hall, Shrewsbury, Shropshire - 21st Oct - 22nd Oct
National Youth Theatre of Great Britain Go to http://www.nyt.org.uk/thelastharvest
Peterborough, 24th October
Eastern Angles/HighTide Go to https://easternangles.co.uk/event/signal-fires-peterborough
Harkstead, Suffolk - 30th October
Eastern Angles – Harkstead, Suffolk Go to https://easternangles.co.uk/event/signal-fires-peterborough
Dartington, 27th - 30th October
Fuel Go to https://fueltheatre.com/projects/signal-fires/
Shropshire, 28th - 29th October
Paines Plough and Pentabus Go to https://pentabus.co.uk/whats-on
Wells-next-the-sea, Norfolk - 30th October
fEAST Theatre Go to http://feasttheatre.com/home/
The Holbeck, Leeds - 31st October
Slung Low Go to https://www.slunglow.org/event/signalfires/
Basingstoke, 31st October
Proteus Go to https://www.proteustheatre.com/productions/signal-fires-chilling-stories-by-candlelight/
Postponed
45North Go to https://www.forty-fivenorth.com/productions/signal-fire
Manchester, 31st October
Yellow Earth Theatre Go to https://yellowearth.org/signal-fires/
Liverpool, 4th - 5th November
Headlong Go to https://headlong.co.uk/productions/after-dark/
Hull, 5th November
Middle Child Go to https://www.middlechildtheatre.co.uk/signal-fires/
Westleton Village Hall, Suffolk - 29th October
Eastern Angles – Westleton Village Hall, Suffolk Go to https://easternangles.co.uk/event/signal-fires-peterborough
London, 4th November
Potential Difference Go to https://www.potentialdifference.org.uk/productions/signal-fires
Asthall, Oxfordshire, 8th November
Kestrel Theatre Go to https://kestreltheatrecompany.co.uk
Online, 26 October
Kneehigh Go to https://www.kneehigh.co.uk
Oxford, w/c 2 Nov
English Touring Theatre Go to https://ett.org.uk/journal/signal-fires/
Portrush, Northern Ireland, 1st Nov
Big Telly Theatre Company Go to https://www.big-telly.com/signal-fires/
Scarborough, North Yorkshire - w/c 26th October
Pilot Theatre Go to https://www.pilot-theatre.com
London, 5th Nov
ALP musicals Go to https://twitter.com/ALPmusicals
Online, 24th Oct - 30th Nov
Actors Touring Company Go to https://www.atctheatre.com/productions/signal-fires-dear-tomorrow
Online throughout Wales, w/c 2 Nov
National Youth Theatre of Wales Go to https://www.nyaw.org.uk/news/nytwreadingclub

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Signal fire (n)

A fire or light set up in a prominent position as a warning, signal, or celebration.

In October and November, fires will light up across the UK with storytellers and audiences sharing in one of the original forms of theatre. The fires will signal the vibrancy of touring theatre, and the threat our industry continues to face.

Companies involved are;

45North, Actors Touring Company, ALP Musicals, balletLORENT, Beyond Face, Big Telly, Boundless, Diverse City and Extraordinary Bodies, Eastern Angles, English Touring Theatre, fEAST, Fio in association with Tara Arts,Fen in Association with Out of Joint, Fuel, Graeae, Headlong, High Tide, Highly Suspect, Kestrel Theatre Company, Kneehigh, Luxi in association with Hannah Bruce & Co, and Northern Rail, Middle Child, National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, National Youth Theatre of Wales, New Perspectives, Pentabus, Pilot, Paines Plough, Potential Difference, Proteus, SBC Theatre, Scottish International Storytelling Festival, Slung Low, Spare Tyre, The Wardrobe Ensemble, This is My Theatre, Told by an Idiot, Wildcard and Yellow Earth Theatre

These are the fires currently on the map

This is my Theatre

Salisbury, 30 and 31 October

This is my Theatre

Buckinghamshire, 17 Oct

This is my Theatre

Icklingham, 20 Oct

This is my Theatre

Suffolk All Saints' Church, 21 Oct

This is my Theatre

Cambridge, 22 - 23 Oct

This is my Theatre

Sandwich, Kent 24 Oct

This is my Theatre

Brighton, 25 Oct

This is my Theatre

Albury, 27 Oct

This is my Theatre

Stockbridge, 28 Oct

This is my Theatre

Petworth, 18 Oct 

This is my Theatre

Wiltshire Upper Beeding Pharmacy, 1 Nov

This is my Theatre

Crawley, 29 Oct

This is my Theatre

Upper Beeding, 16 Oct 

Beyond Face

Plymouth, 5 Nov

SBC Theatre

Bradford, Early November

fEAST Theatre

Great Yarmouth, Norfolk - 6th November

National Youth Theatre of Great Britain

Soulton Hall, Shrewsbury, Shropshire - 21st Oct - 22nd Oct

Eastern Angles/HighTide

Peterborough, 24th October

Eastern Angles – Harkstead, Suffolk

Harkstead, Suffolk - 30th October

Fuel

Dartington, 27th - 30th October

Paines Plough and Pentabus

Shropshire, 28th - 29th October

fEAST Theatre

Wells-next-the-sea, Norfolk - 30th October

Slung Low

The Holbeck, Leeds - 31st October

Proteus

Basingstoke, 31st October

45North

Postponed

Yellow Earth Theatre

Manchester, 31st October

Headlong

Liverpool, 4th - 5th November

Middle Child

Hull, 5th November

Eastern Angles – Westleton Village Hall, Suffolk

Westleton Village Hall, Suffolk - 29th October

Potential Difference

London, 4th November

Kestrel Theatre

Asthall, Oxfordshire, 8th November

The Wardrobe Ensemble – Bristol

Bristol, TBC

English Touring Theatre

Oxford, w/c 2 Nov

Told by an Idiot – London

London, Oct/Nov

Big Telly Theatre Company

Portrush, Northern Ireland, 1st Nov

Pilot Theatre

Scarborough, North Yorkshire - w/c 26th October

ALP musicals

London, 5th Nov

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Graeae

Online, 7th November

Wildcard

Online, 26th October

Boundless Theatre

Various Locations, 26th - 31st October

Spare Tyre

Zoom and YouTube, 4th November

balletLORENT

Online, 30 Oct

Diverse City and Extraordinary Bodies

Online, 2 Nov

Fen in association with Out of Joint

Online, Dates TBC

Highly Suspect

Online, 28-29 Oct

Fio in association with Tara Arts

Online, 28 Oct

Scottish International Storytelling Festival

Online, 27, 29 and 31 Oct

Kneehigh

Online, 26 October

Actors Touring Company

Online, 24th Oct - 30th Nov

National Youth Theatre of Wales

Online throughout Wales, w/c 2 Nov

From spectacular bonfires to digital blazes;

the nation’s leading touring theatre companies will present a series of theatrical events at locations across the UK in celebration of our fundamental need to tell stories.

Get involved

Each company involved in the project will self-produce an evening of work – a signal fire – at a different location from Devon to Inverness in celebration of our fundamental need to tell stories, in order to help make sense of the world around us and reimagine the future.

The project will see new work from:

Mike Bartlett and Alissa Anne Jeun Yi (English Touring Theatre); Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, Chloe Moss, and Ella Carmen Greenhill (Headlong); Kiki Katese, Alice Oswald, Hema Palani, Will Power, Sara Shaarawiand Kim Scott (Fuel); Rob John (fEAST Theatre); Beth Flintoff (Proteus); Yolanda Mercy, Chinonyerem Odimba, Koko Brown, Lakesha Arie-Angelo and Lekhani Chirwa (45North); Houmi Miura, Chris Shapiro, Jasmine Chong, Mei Yuk Wong and Anna Nguyen (Yellow Earth); Simon Longman (Kestrel Theatre); Asma Elbadawi, Charley Miles, Zoe Cooper andMaureen Lennon (Pilot Theatre); Nassim Soleimanpour, Josh Merritt, Tricia Wey, Sky Yang, Samantha O’Rourke, Conor Hunt, Natasha Brown, Lauren Lopez and Steffi Igbinovia (Boundless); Maya Arad Yasur, Stephanie Street and Kimber Lee (Actors Touring Company) and Sarah Gonnet (Graeae).

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