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Signal Fires

Written by
Kiki Katese, Alice Oswald, Hema Palani, Will Power, Kim Scott, Sara Sharaawi
Directed by
Adura Onashile
28 Oct - 7 Nov 2020

Co-Produced by Fuel and Coombe Farm Studios and Eden Court Highlands in collaboration with The Woodland Presents Signal Fires.

Signal Fire (n): a fire or light set up in a prominent position as a warning, signal, or celebration.


In the week of the 26 October, fires will light up across the UK with storytellers and audiences sharing in one of the original forms of theatre. 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.

Fuel’s Signal Fires project will reach audiences in South Devon and in the Highlands. From 28-30 October, audiences can hear stories from around the world, around campfires in the beautiful woods at Dartington. Performed by actors around socially distanced fires, audiences will be taken on a journey around the world from the safety and warmth of a blanket and a hot drink. From 2-7 November, audiences in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, where live outdoor performances are not currently permitted under Covid-19 guidelines, can hear stories told to them over the phone, live and in person.

Fuel has commissioned international and local writers, Devon’s own Alice Oswald alongside Kim Scott from Australia, Kiki Katese from Rwanda, and Will Power from the USA – to respond to the duality of fire, creating warmth and community as well as danger and destruction, as a symbol for this time.

Other companies involved in Signal Fires: 45North, Arcade, Beyond Face, Big Telly, Boundless, Eastern Angles, English Touring Theatre, Fen in association with Out of Joint, Fio in association with Tara Arts,  Fuel, Graeae, Headlong, Hightide, 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, Spare Tyre, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men and Yellow Earth Theatre (with more to be announced). 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.


Dartington Hall Estate, Devon

Wednesday 28 October – 7.30pm

Thursday 29 October – 7.30pm

Friday 30 October – 7.30pm

Inverness, Scotland

Monday 2 November – Saturday 7 November – by phone


How to get there

The performance site is The Glade, The Woodland Presents, situated in North Woods, on the edge of the Dartington Hall Estate, South Devon. To be specific it is in Personage Copse, sandwiched between the back of Woodland Yard and the back of the Old Postern at Schumacher College. The car park is located down the lane in-between Schumacher College and Dartington Dairy. The closest village is Dartington, the closest town is Totnes.

See map here.