Keeping the Lights On explores our region’s special relationship with energy production. There are many aspects to this, including the advent of fracking, the installation of wind-farms, the proposal for a tidal lagoon in Morecambe Bay, the nuclear industry and the proposed Geological Disposal Facility. This is an immensely important part of the contemporary story of our region and is inextricably linked with climate change – a vital national question.
In recognition of how enormous this subject is, we originally commissioned six diverse writers and sound designer Mark Melville to create short pieces that were shown to a packed audience at The Dukes Theatre in Lancaster in January 2018.
Writers: Sarah McDonald-Hughes, Debbie McAndrew, Tajinder Hayer, Zosia Wand, Nick Ahad and Maeve Larkin.
Our plays are all set in the tangible near future and present stories that engage audiences with the issues and encourage them to find out more.
We received ACE Emergency Funding to record audio versions of three of our plays and we recently presented them in special live online events in partnership with rural touring schemes.
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Our acting company went above and beyond to turn their own homes into recording studios for the remote recording process.
The actors are Matt Addis, Nadia Emam, Helen Longworth, Alyce Liburd and Claire Webzell.
Our original R&D was in Association with The Dukes Theatre – we are very grateful for all the support from the organisation and staff at the theatre. We are also encouraged and delighted to have received support from the Sir John Fisher Foundation as well as Arts Council England for the R&D phase of the work. We would also like to thank the academic staff at Lancaster University that helped us with research: Prof. George Aggidis, Prof. Malcolm Joyce, Roger Kemp and also Kate Garratt, Lee Taylor, Simon Walker, Martyn Butlin and staff at Heysham 2.