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

Watch the ‘How to Start a Fire’ film here

How to Start a Fire

We want to ask you, how do you start a fire? How do you ignite a fire in people and spark action, how do you keep the flame going and ensure that our voices ring as loud as possible?

Your response can be anything and can be as literal or as wild as you want. It could be an instruction, a cry for action, a poem, a monologue, a sentence, diary entries, or a short statement. Write, or say, what excites you the most. You can submit multiple times so don’t worry about having to make it perfect the first time.

When real change feels like a continuous, exhaustive battle which is both far from achievable and tantalisingly close, how can we keep sparking conversation and action so that we can collectively re-imagine our future?

Your answers will be anonymous and will contribute towards a collective manifesto for change written by people across the UK.  

This piece of collective writing will then be performed by an actor, filmed and hosted digitally for free online by Out of Joint Theatre. The performance will invoke the power and action of community, change and fire.

We’ve had a lot of conversations over lockdown about how things need to change. Lockdown was lifted and it feels like these conversations are being left behind.

Feed the fire and submit us your responses by the 5th.



Signal Fires

In October and November, fires will light up across the UK with storytellers and audiences sharing in one of the original forms of theatre. The fires will signal the vibrancy of touring theatre, and the threat our industry continues to face.

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.

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. 

Out of Joint is excited to join companies across the UK including 45North, Arcade, Beyond Face, Big Telly, Boundless, Eastern Angles, English Touring Theatre, Fuel, Graeae, Headlong, 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 health and safety of audiences, artists, creative teams and staff alike is of the upmost importance. All companies involved in the project will implement COVID secure measures to ensure that their full process, from rehearsal to performance, is in line with the current government guidelines, following strict hygiene protocols and allowing for social distancing. 

Check back soon for more details. 

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