Peril at Sea – Supported by Wells Maltings

New Touring Theatre Production Exploring Maritime History and Heritage

Up The Road Theatre, in association with New Theatre Royal Portsmouth supported by Wells Maltings, The Seagull and LV21


“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.

The production is being developed in collaboration with Wells Maltings, Wells-next-the-Sea. The tour will finish at The Maltings on Saturday March 30th 2019.

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 will also come from those who live by the sea, and their memories of life on the coast – including Wells’ own harbour master, Robert Smith MBE.

Rehearsals take place at The Maltings in February, before touring in March 2019. In addition to Norfolk the company will be visiting: Portsmouth, Isle of Wight, Kent, Devon, Cornwall, Cumbria, Lancashire, Suffolk and Essex.
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 Wells Maltings, The Seagull (Lowestoft) and LV21, a decommissioned lightship in Gravesend in Kent.
In addition to LV21, the production will visit other non-theatre spaces, including Portsmouth’s Square Tower and a working shipyard in Essex.

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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. Three actors, each 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 the 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 first tour to East Anglia. Nicola Pollard, director of Peril at Sea and founder of Up The Road Theatre, said: ‘We’re thrilled to be making our second production. Creating a show for people of all ages will be a fresh challenge for the company, but one we’re really looking forward to. We’re excited about the subject matter – 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’re particularly pleased to be working with the team at the stunning Wells Maltings.

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.’

Simon Daykin, Director of Wells Maltings, commented: ‘The rich stories of the sea are always aching to be told, and this new production brings them to life. Wells Maltings’ vision is to connect people with their cultural heritage through theatre and performance, and what better way to achieve this than for us to support Up The Road Theatre in this venture. We look forward to the magic unfolding next March.’

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