14 Oct 2020


7:30 pm





Keeping The Lights On

Where does your electricity come from?

Ragged Edge explores the world of energy production.

A live, social experience for audiences at home. Featuring a trio of audio plays combined with a panel discussion for you to participate in.

Book here.

Directed by Stefan Escreet with Sound Design by Mark Melville

Ragged Edge (who developed the Award Winning The Chef Show with Arts Out West) have worked with industry and academic experts to develop this collection of short plays responding to energy production in the context of the Climate Emergency.

Fusion by Maeve Larkin is the story of a brilliant young female student, a migrant to this country, who is passionate about fusion and its potential to solve our energy needs.

Things We Hear When We’re Not Listening by Debbie McAndrew is a comedy about wind turbines and noise pollution.

Tidelands by Tajinder Hayer is the story of an encounter between a young woman who is a refugee from a country devastated by a rise in sea-levels and an older woman, located on a tidal barrier built for energy supply in the North of the UK.

This online performance is for up to 20 audience members who will be welcomed online by Arts Out West and Ragged Edge. It will take place via the Zoom platform and full support is available to get connected should you need it. You’ll have the chance to talk about the plays and issues with our panel and other audience members.

So grab a brew, get comfy in your own home auditorium and enjoy a lively night in!

Keeping the Lights On explores our region’s special relationship with energy production. There are many aspects to this, including the installation of wind-farms, the proposal for a tidal lagoon in Morecambe Bay, the nuclear industry and the contentious proposal for a new coal mine at Whitehaven. This is an immensely important part of the contemporary story of our region and is inextricably linked with climate change – a vital national and global question.

We’re delighted to welcome our two panellists:

Cllr Judith Guthrie from Warrington Borough Council – who will share their experience of investing in solar farms in various locations around the country

Maeve Larkin wrote one of the plays – Fusion.

Ragged Edge website

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