Signal Fires

SIGNAL FIRE (N): A FIRE OR LIGHT SET UP IN A PROMINENT POSITION AS A WARNING, SIGNAL, OR CELEBRATION.

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.

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.

Wildcard will present a short piece of Gig Theatre, pre recorded for online viewing, that will be available from 26th October for audiences to watch for free from this webpage. The piece highlights the struggles that our industry is facing and stands in defiance as an open message to our Government, demanding that they provide more sector specific support, as well as celebrating the breadth, unity and brilliance of our industry; rejecting that we, as a sector, are unviable.

Companies involved in Signal Fires include:

45North, Actors Touring Company, ALP Musicals, balletLORENT, Beyond Face, Big Telly, Boundless, Diverse Cities and Extraordinary Bodies, Eastern Angles and High Tide, English Touring Theatre, fEAST, Fuel, Graeae, Headlong, Kestrel Theatre Company, Kneehigh, Middle Child, National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, National Youth Theatre of Wales, Pentabus, Pilot, Paines Plough, Potential Difference, Proteus, Scandal and Gallows, Slung Low, Spare Tyre, Wardrobe Ensemble, This is My Theatre, Told by an Idiot, Wildcard and Yellow Earth Theatre.

The companies will be working with hundreds of UK freelancers. Each fire will span different disciplines reflecting the breadth and diversity of the touring circuit. All fires will be presented outdoors in front of socially distanced live audiences, or digitally for those who are shielding or currently unable to travel.

For more information or to find a fire near you:

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