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It Is Like It Ought To Be: A Pastoral

Uninvited Guests
Directed by
Paul Clarke 
Produced by
3 Nov - 26 Feb 2008

Project History

Fuel presents Uninvited Guests’ It Is Like It Ought To Be: A Pastoral

Share some scrumpy, and stay awhile. 

Let’s found Arcadia in the theatre, a rural idyll amongst the city’s hubbub. 

In the guise of some ragtag band, Uninvited Guests invented fake songs and fake dances for our green and plastic land. They declaimed hip Romantic poetry, conjured epic landscapes, and attempted a return to some simpler life, a golden age. They gave thanks for what we have and offered prayers to make better please, make better. 

After immersing themselves in horror movies for their previous show Schlock, Uninvited Guests were looking for some curative retreat. They took refuge in pastoral romance and the search for an impossible utopia. 

Creative Team 

Devised and performed by 

Laura Bradshaw (original role devised by Catherine Dyson), Neil Callaghan, Richard Dufty, Lewis Gibson, and Simone Kenyon 

Directed by Paul Clarke 

Music/Sound design by Lewis Gibson 

Lighting Design by Ben Pacey 

Produced by Fuel 

Commissioned by Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster and Cambridge Junction. A BAC Scratch Commission. 

Funded by Arts Council England South West and supported by Dartington College of Arts and Arnolfini’s Associate Artists scheme. Produced by Fuel. 


Herald Angel Award Winner 2007 



"**** The latest show from Uninvited Guests is absolutely brilliant… This is a clever, engaging and tightly controlled show with a wild wind roaring through it. The climax is a reminder that we can never tame nature, but it can always make a wilderness of us. "

The Guardian

"Thrilling and disconcerting… both visceral and cerebral…"

Total Theatre 

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