Signal Fires: State of the Arts

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 lit up across the UK and storytellers and audiences shared in one of the original forms of theatre. The fires signalled the vibrancy of touring theatre, and the threat our industry continues to face.

This is Wildcard’s contribution to Signal Fires, titled: State of the Arts. The piece highlights the struggles that our industry is facing and stands in defiance as an open message to our Government, as well as celebrating the breadth, unity and brilliance of our industry; rejecting that we, as a sector, are unviable.

SIGNAL FIRES: STATE OF THE ARTS CREDITS:

Cast:

Maimuna Memon
James Meteyard
Olivier Wellington

Creatives:

Written by – James Meteyard and Maimuna Memon

Music – Maimuna Memon

Director – James Meteyard

DOP – Jack Shanks

Performance Lighting Design – Jai Morjaria

Location Lighting – Isaac Whittingham

Recording and Mix Engineer – Jon Warburton -instagram.com/jon_warburton

Editors – James Meteyard & Jack Shanks

Creative Collaborator – Luke W Robson

Special thanks to:

Lee, Chris, Eddie, Louise and the team at The Pump House Theatre, Watford!

Chris Wheeler

The Wildcard Family

Dilek Latif

Tabitha Baines

Daniel Bailey

Katie Frost

Kat Rogers

Adam Bottomley

Rebecca Wilson

Rosie Nicholls

Gabrielle Benna

Polly Wain

Eddie King

And everyone else who submitted their photos!

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.