Perils at Sea
6th March 2019
Peril at Sea -“On stormy nights when wild north-westers rave, How proud a thing to fight with wind and wave!” - Arthur Hugh Clough
Touring theatre company Up The Road Theatre are back on the road with a brand new production, Peril at Sea.
The company’s second production is performed by three actors, and weaves together seafaring and maritime stories: tales and myths of shipwrecks, smuggling, sea rescues and survival.
Three characters wait through a stormy night for the local lifeboat to return. As they wait, stories tumble out of the night – tales, memories, myths, legends and songs – all told by a multitude of characters. Amongst others, audiences will hear from sailors, submariners, smugglers and survivors. The production is an opportunity to commemorate and celebrate those who have risked and lost their lives to save others, and the communities in which they lived.
For the past year, the company have been visiting sites and museums all over the country, gathering material to be used in the creation of the play: characters, anecdotes, events, songs and images.
The stories have also come from those who live by the sea, and their memories of life on the coast.
The production was created through a Research & Development process in autumn 2018, in Lowestoft and Wells-next-the-Sea.
After opening in Portsmouth, the company will tour throughout March. The production will visit: Isle of Wight, Kent, Cornwall, Cumbria and the north-west before finishing in East Anglia. Please see the attached tour schedule.
The cast: Andrew Forbes, Káitlin A Feeney and Alex Scott Fairley. Peril at Sea is directed by Nicola Pollard and designed by Charlie Cridlan.
Up The Road Theatre’s previous production, Bardolph’s Box, toured twice in 2016 and was seen by over 4,000 people.
Building on this success, Up The Road Theatre have joined forces with New Theatre Royal Portsmouth to produce the show, with support from The Seagull (Lowestoft), Wells Maltings (Norfolk) and LV21, a decommissioned lightship in Gravesend.
In addition to LV21, the production will visit other non-theatre spaces, including Portsmouth’s Square Tower, a working shipyard in Essex and a boathouse in Lytham St Anne’s.
About Peril at Sea
The production will be small-scale and intimate. The performance style is ‘stripped-back’: a focus on story-telling with no reliance on technical wizardry but plenty of invention and imagination. Each of the three actors will play a number of different characters in this journey into our seafaring past and present. This production is ideal for anyone who lives near the sea, and those with an interest in the sea, maritime history, social history and seafaring activities.
The production has received funding from Arts Council England, The Leche Trust and Heritage Lottery Fund.
About Up The Road Theatre
Based in Kent, Up The Road Theatre create new work for remote or rural audiences, especially those with little or limited access to the arts. Heavily audience-focused, and with a desire to create work with literary and historical relevance, Peril at Sea is their second production.
Nicola Pollard, director of Peril at Sea and founder of Up The Road Theatre, said: ‘We’re thrilled to be taking Peril at Sea out on the road. The subject matter has been exciting to explore – we’re based on the Kent coast so the sea is incredibly prevalent for us and it’s fantastic learning about the history of our coastal communities. The tour takes us to familiar ground and new places, we can’t wait to see how the piece plays in our non-theatre spaces.
If you have any stories or memories to do with the sea that you would like to share with us, please get in touch via email. We’d love to hear from people we can’t easily reach as we make the show.’
Scott Ramsay, CEO and director of New Theatre Royal Portsmouth, commented: ‘With Peril at Sea, we have the opportunity to reach out to some of our former and current seafaring communities, and to celebrate their experiences. As Portsmouth is the UK’s only island city, we have a real understanding of some of the challenges facing our seafaring communities, but we have also witnessed for ourselves some of those unique events that shape life on the coast. We’re thrilled to be working with Up The Road Theatre to bring those stories to life.’
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - Performance Times: 2.30pm & 7.30pm
Matinee - all tickets £8
Evening - Adults £10 / Under18s £8