Boundless Theatre announce October2020, a unique performance for 15-25 year olds where the show arrives in a box and the audience is the performer, created by Nassim Soleimanpour (White Rabbit Red Rabbit), with seven writers: Natasha Brown, Conor Hunt, Lauren Lopez, Josh Merritt, Samantha O’Rourke, Tricia Wey and Sky Yang. The production is part of Signal Fires, a series of productions being presented nationwide this Autumn by the UK’s leading touring theatre companies. October2020 runs 26 – 31 October 2020.
This is a show that needs no rehearsal and where the audience is the performer. Audiences will receive boxes that contain everything to start their own campfire and a selection of specially commissioned stories to be performed by audiences at the fireside. Settle down for the night and read them all or pick one or two; choose a different reader for each story, or have one storyteller all night long.
Rob Drummer said today, “This has been such an inspiring creative challenge for the whole team at Boundless. We are determined to keep producing extraordinary shows in these difficult times. To every 15-25 year old across the UK I say, we’ve got you. We’re not going to stop fighting for live, sociable experiences, new theatre and great stories. The writers have created beautiful, funny, engaging and provocative new work all designed to be read aloud around a fire. Inspired by the great work of Nassim Soleimanpour, we’ve taken the numerous restrictions we’re all living with and come up with something truly unique. To be doing this in partnership with companies we admire and respect as part of Signal Fires gives me real hope that our resilient industry can sustain, we’ve just got to keep telling stories.”
Working with current Government guidelines on social distancing and the numbers of people able to meet, audiences organise their own performance wherever it is safe to do so. Minimum age: 15 years. Each group must include someone 18+ to supervise the fire and full guidelines are provided to everyone at time of booking.
Boxes will be posted to audiences, arriving no later than 26 October 2020. Please find more information and how to book here.
Nassim Soleimanpour is an Iranian playwright, theatre maker and the Artistic Director of the Berlin based theatre company Nassim Soleimanpour Productions. His plays have been translated into more than 30 languages and performed globally in over 50 countries. Best known for White Rabbit Red Rabbit, written to travel the world when he couldn’t, was awarded the Dublin Fringe Festival Best New Performance, Summerworks Outstanding New Performance Text Award and The Arches Brick Award. His other works include Blind Hamlet, BLANK, NASSIM – which won a Fringe First Award and an Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Unique Theatrical Experience, and most recently, Down by the Creek was published by New York Times as part of America 2024.
Natasha Brown – credits include I AM [NOT] KANYE WEST (Bunker Theatre) and has also worked with Bush Theatre, Donmar Warehouse, Soho Theatre, Arcola Theatre and Camden People’s Theatre; Conor Hunt – credits include, Who Cares, Kings of Idle Land (VAULT Festival) and The F Word (Edinburgh Festival Fringe), Lauren Lopez was a part of the Young Writers Group at the Bush Theatre in 2019; Josh Merritt is a neurodivergent/disabled writer and director of stage and screen with his plays performed at the Arcola Theatre, Folkestone Quarterhouse and Shoreditch Town Hall; Samantha O’Rourke – credits include the place where I live/ y man lle dwi’n byw (Theatr Clwyd) and Jelly (Ffilm Cymru/BBC Wales and Mincemeat for Channel 4/Blacklight), Tricia Wey has written and performed work at the Bunker Theatre, the Vaults, Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, the World Transformed Festival, and the National Theatre; and Sky Yang is part of a film collective called This Is Our Youth and has produced two short films Sunny and Kernel.