Signal Fires

The UK’s leading touring theatre companies are uniting this autumn to present Signal Fires, a nationwide project inspired by one of the original forms of theatre –storytelling around a fire.


Presented at a time when it is not possible to physically tour, 45North, Arcade, Beyond Face, Big Telly, Boundless, Eastern Angles, English Touring Theatre, Fen in association with Out of Joint, Fuel, Graeae, Headlong, Kestrel Theatre Company, Kneehigh, Macha Productions, National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, New Perspectives, Pentabus, Pilot, Paines Plough,SBC Theatre, Scottish International Storytelling Festival, Slung Low, SpareTyre, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men and Yellow Earth Theatre (with more to be announced) are uniting for the first time, to collectively tour a single idea throughout October and into November.


In light of the current crisis, the signal fires will create beacons across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland warning of the threat the industry continues to face while celebrating the extraordinary vibrancy of touring theatre and the freelancers they engage. Stretching across four nations, thisfestival of fires will connect audiences, freelance artists and touring companies together in a communal, national act of storytelling.


What’sgoing on at Slung Low?


We will light a bonfire in front of the club, and have invited story-tellers, poets and musicians to gather around it, with you, to tell tales lit by the flames.

Featuring Nima Taleghani, Iain Bloomfield and music from Claire Marie Seddonand Boff Whalley.

There will be a bar with table service in the car park. 


Holly Race Roughan, Associate Artistic Director of Headlong said:

Signal Fires is an unprecedented project born out ofunprecedented times. It has been incredibly inspiring and humbling to connectwith so many different touring theatre companies. To be reminded of the sheer breadth and diversity of the UK touring ecology, the audiences we engage, and crucially what we now stand on the brink of losing. Touring theatre companies are vital for sharing stories across communities, so we can learn from each-other and reimagine a future together. Signal Fires demonstrates the power of collaboration and the need to embrace both innovation and new ways of working if we are to weather the challenging months ahead.’


Richard Twyman, CEO and Artistic Director of English Touring Theatre said:

‘When the theatres first closed, a group of touring companies came together to support each other; sharing ideas, learning and resources. A collective of companies determined to keep making work, serving audiences and engaging artists. Signal Fires was born from these conversations. As we all seek to makesense of what we’re living through and what comes next, we look to our storytellers to guide us forward. Each fire on its own is a small-scale coming together, but collectively, lit up across the UK, they represent a national actof storytelling. A chance to connect: to celebrate imagination and empathy in this time of isolation and uncertainty.’


About The Holbeck 

The Holbeck is a community club that welcomes everyone, run by Slung Low.
Our address is The Holbeck, Jenkinson Lawn, Holbeck, LS119QX
This show is “Pay What You Decide” - you decide how much to pay after you have taken part.

The show has a limited capacity, so if you change your mind before the event, please let us know by emailing [email protected] to ensure we don’t turn others away unnecessarily.
Please note that the venue is cash only.

Please note that this event will be in accordance with the social distance requirements.

If you would like to discuss your access requirements, don’t hesitate to give us a call on 0113 2260808.

The street immediately around the club is permit-holders only but there’s permit freeparking on Holbeck Moor Road, which is the road that runs alongside the park just down the road.

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Saturday, 31 October 2020

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