Proteus presents an evening of horror and ghost stories old and new, read and performed by both professional freelance actors and supported by some members of our highly regarded adult community theatre group The Proteans. An ideal way to celebrate the turn of the season and the moment in the year when the division between the real and spirit world is at its most transparent! The event both employs professional freelance actors for whom their livelihood is under threat, and also highlights the vital creative space that our arts organisation offers to the wider community through participation.
The actors will beckon each group bubble from our front garden signal fire, guiding them to their socially distanced cabaret-style table in our studio where storytelling will take place by our indoor campfire and by candlelight for an authentically chilling atmosphere!
Proteus present Chilling Stories by Candlelight as part of Signal Fires – a national campaign to unite UK theatre touring companies in a time of crisis to return to the ‘original theatre’ – storytelling around fires – and 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. Audience members will be invited to add a piece of kindling to the fire as they pass – a gesture of support for touring theatre, to keep the fire alive.
Performance begins at 7.30pm on Saturday 31st October. Tickets are priced at £60 per table, with up to 4 individuals per table. Each individual will receive warming seasonal drink as part of their ticket price.
About Signal Fires
During 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.
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.
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
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