Paschale Straiton started operating under the name of Red Herring in 2008, creating playfully provocative outdoor theatre shows for outdoor arts festivals, aiming to reach people who don’t go to theatres or galleries. She regularly collaborated with creative producers Time Won’t Wait to support the development and touring of productions including The Séance, a theatrical installation about spiritualism and That’s The Way To Do It, a life sized and political take on the Punch and Judy show commissioned by the Without Walls Consortium.
In 2013 Paschale set up Red Herring Productions CIC in Brighton with Ivan Fabraga, to create outdoor theatre shows with social value in Brighton and for national touring.
Now, There’s a Funny Thing – was a heritage project examining the history of popular entertainment in Brighton from 1960, funded by Heritage Lottery Fund.
Red Herring’s Speakers Corner – was an experimental platform for public speaking in Brighton. This was developed with Time Wont Wait into Changing Places, including training for young people to make speeches.
Drive In – was a site-specific production with a series of intimate performances around secrets and lies. The show was created at the New Vic, Stoke on Trent, and re-commissioned for Sitelines and Wycombe Awakes Festivals.
Funny Peculiar – was a guided tour of Brighton celebrating eccentric characters and the nature of eccentricity itself. We later worked with Time Wont Wait to develop the project, creating bespoke versions of the show across the country, with opportunities for people to take part. This was funded by a Strategic Touring grant from Arts Council England.
In August 2016 the company moved to Bideford in Torridge, North Devon. Ivan Fabrega stood down and Kim Tilbrook became a new Director.
From May to September 2019, we launched Stepping Out – a programme of work that celebrated the Estuary of the Taw/Torridge Rivers, with three strands of work: creative walks, strolling performance and sound. Fiona Fraser Smith joined as Co-Director.
In August 2019 we were commissioned by Green Carpet to create Whistlers – a piece of performance that investigates the confluence of birdsong, whistling and listening. The show will be developed in the Spring/Summer of 2020, in 4 locations across France, Belgium and UK.