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Radical Mother

17 Nov 2019

Project History

Radical Mother is a music project that combines contemporary multi-vocal singing, improvisation, electronic sound, poetic and verbatim text.

It combines climate research, environmental philosophy, singing and sound, together with input from its audience, to build a fierce manifesto in answer to the crisis in our natural world. At the heart of the project is the concept of kinship and parenthood. Can we extend our understanding of those human experiences beyond immediate family, species and gender norms, and build a more just future society for each other and our biosphere?

The project constructs a future facing landscape of social thinking and feeling, through performance, writing, conversation, activism, street singing, composition and provocation.

The ideas for the work are founded on Melanie’s ongoing explorations in ecology, feminism and the future. She fuses her highly-skilled approach to theatre making with contemporary theories of compassion and community from philosophy (Timothy Morton), political theory (William Ophuls), eco-feminism (Donna Harraway), ecology (Dark Mountain) and climate change research. Melanie is collaborating with environmental psychologist Dr. Stuart Capstick (Cardiff University) on the project, who studies human behaviour in relation to climate change.


The project appeared at Pulse Festival and Coastal Currents Festival in 2018, and Latitude Festival 2019.

It will next appear at TEDx Bristol on 17th November.

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Three Sisters

Written by
Inua Ellams
Directed by
Nadia Fall
3 Dec - 19 Feb 2020

Project History

A Fuel and National Theatre co-production.

Chekhov’s iconic characters are relocated to Nigeria in this bold new adaptation.

Owerri, 1967, on the brink of the Biafran Civil War. Lolo, Nne Chukwu and Udo are grieving the loss of their father. Months before, two ruthless military coups plunged the country into chaos. Fuelled by foreign intervention, the conflict encroaches on their provincial village, and the sisters long to return to their former home in Lagos.

Following his smash-hit Barber Shop Chronicles, Inua Ellams returns to the National Theatre with this heartbreaking retelling, directed by Nadia Fall (Home, Dara).


Inua Ellams – Writer
Nadia Fall – Director
Peter Mumford – Lighting Designer
Polly Bennett – Movement Director
Michael Henry – Music Director and Vocal Arranger
Katrina Lindsay –  Set and Costume Designer
Donato Wharton – Sound Designer
Femi Temowo – Composer
Moji Elufowoju – Staff Director


Ronke Adekoleujo
Adedeji Adetayo
Jonathan Ajayi
Jude Akuwudike
Tobi Bemtefa
Peter Bankolé
Anni Domingo
Lola May
Jerome Ngonadi
Sarah Niles
Ken Nwosu
Racheal Ofori
Joseph Ogeleka
Nasa Ohalete
Offue Okegbe
Chloe Okra
Sule Rimi
Natalie Simpson
Diana Yekinni

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Common: Ground – Supporting Working and Under-Class Producers in UK Theatre

Presented by
COMMON and Fuel
6.30pm – 9pm
22 Jul 2019

Project History

Following 18 months of extensive research into socio-economic inequality across the UK theatre industry, COMMON are using this research as a foundation to move into the next stage of our work as a sector-support organisation.

As part of our growth we are looking to design and deliver the pilot versions of career development programmes for creatives from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. In the first year we are particularly interested in focusing this support toward playwrights and producers.

As a producer-led organisation with learning and representation as two of its core values, Fuel is committed to supporting producers at all ages and stages, currently by offering paid producing internships, full and part time jobs for producers at different levels (which come with training budget and mentoring support), mentoring and advocacy for independent producers, and initiatives like Producer Farm. We are keen to continue removing any barriers producers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds might face, and to discover new ways we can offer accessible development opportunities.

We are therefore delivering a COMMON: GROUND event to provide a platform for theatre producers from working and under-class backgrounds to share the barriers to skill and career development they encounter in the industry. COMMON’s Artistic Director, David Loumgair, will curate a solutions-focused dialogue with attendees around what support is needed in the sector to enable producers to overcome these barriers.

Our learnings from the discussion will enable COMMON and Fuel to learn how to design new, and develop existing, career development programmes to provide meaningful support to producers from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

This event is delivered with generous support from the Donmar Warehouse.

Fly The Flag

24 Jun - 30 Jun 2019

The project is co-produced by Fuel, Amnesty International, Donmar Warehouse, Human Rights Watch, Liberty, the National Theatre, Sadler’s Wells and Tate.

To mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Fuel in partnership with arts organisations and human rights charities across the UK have commissioned artist Ai Weiwei to create a flag to celebrate universal human rights.

Why? How many of the 30 articles of the UDHR can you name? Most people struggle to name many. In fact, human rights campaigners report primarily negative associations with the term ‘human rights’ in the UK. We want to change this.

Arts organisations and human rights charities invite you to Fly The Flag for human rights on 24 – 30 June 2019. From the Highlands of Scotland to the coast of Cornwall via cities, towns and villages across the UK, in galleries and theatres, shopping centres and offices, schools and libraries, both physically and online, people will come together to celebrate that human rights are for everyone, every day.

Fly The Flag launched on Monday 10 December, the first day of the 70th anniversary year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Taking place in June 2019, Fly The Flag will raise awareness of human rights across the UK for generations to come, with 7 days of activity marking the 70 years of the Declaration.

Everyone is invited to Fly The Flag in as publicly visible and imaginative way as possible: from schools and care homes, town halls and office blocks, hospitals and libraries across the UK. More information about events will be released in due course. A full website will be available in Spring 2019.


Website – www.flytheflag.org.uk

Hashtag – #FlyTheFlag70

Please Like and Follow Fly The Flag’s social channels:

Facebook page

Twitter @FlyTheFlag70

Instagram @flytheflag70


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The Kids Are Alright

Co-created by Director/Choreographer
Jen Malarkey
Co-created by Writer
Lee Mattinson
Age recommendation
Running time
60 minutes
9 Apr - 13 Apr 2019

Project History

Presented by Fuel and Encounter

The Kids Are Alright is a surreal and confronting new work combining dance and new writing, participation and performance, children and adults. 

When a day trip to the Natural History Museum turns to tragedy, one family is left as hollow as the cold bones of the blue whale. At home, they attempt to make sense of the unimaginable in ways as unpredictable as the incident itself. 

At the same time, with sound protective headphones and in an auditory world of their own, children storm the stage with a mandate for change. 

Smashing two restricted worlds into one radical show, children and adults attempt to come to terms with their lives spinning out of control. 

In their unique, experimental style, Encounter shed light on the state that we are in and ask what happens when generations collide in a battle where hope and despair fight for centre stage? 

Commissioned by The Place, supported by the Albany, Folkestone Quarterhouse and Arts Council England. 



Gallery Images: PUI SHAN CHAN

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Three weeks on 'I Heart Catherine Pistachio'

"Crushing sentimentality through a meat-grinder"

Exeunt Magazine on 'I Heart Catherine Pistachio'

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The Day I Fell Into A Book

Age recommendation
8 - 12 year olds and their grown ups
Running time
50 minutes
28 Sep - 17 Nov 2019

Project History

“Welcome to The Institute.  

We conduct experiments into  the power of imaginations.  

We want to know what happens to your mind when you read.  

We want to get inside your heads.  

It is all perfectly safe. 

Trust us.”


Using sound, intimate lighting and projection The Day I Fell Into A Book takes its audience into a lost world of classic tales.  Bit by bit, the fiction becomes reality as the stories seep into the room and our imaginations take over.

A binaural sound and theatre experience exploring the magic of reading and the creative vitality of young minds.

Written and performed by Lewis Gibson

Sound design by Lewis Gibson

Light and projection design by Luca Biada

Co-produced by the Southbank Centre. Commissioned by Oxford Playhouse, delivered in partnership with Oxford Story Museum and supported by Arts Council Project Lottery Grants. It was initially developed as part of Imagine, Southbank Centre and co-commissioned by Stratford Circus Arts Centre.


"A 3 dimensional sound and theatre experience for everyone who loves myths, legends and reading."

Audience Member

"It was so good! I felt reborn. Like I was a child again"

Audience Member

"It was brilliant! Interactive and immersing with layers of meaning to absorb and consider"

Audience Member

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