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. The project involved documenting interviews and sharing research through talks and workshops.
Red Herring’s Speakers Corner – was an experimental platform for dialogue in the Community in Brighton. This was developed with Time Wont Wait into Changing Places, including training for young people to deliver speeches.
Drive In – was a site-specific production with a series of intimate performances around Mental Health. Each character was at a critical point in their lives and conferred with the audience to make decisions. 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 from the city and the nature of eccentricity itself, supported by the Theatre Royal Brighton and funded by ACE. We later worked with Time Wont Wait to develop the model with multiple entry points for people to take part – with our research, in creative workshops and performing in the show. This was funded by a Strategic Touring grant from ACE.
In 2016 Red Herring joined the Carrot Consortium, created as part of the ACE Catalyst Programme. This programme supports arts organisations with a limited track record in fundraising to enable them to attract more private giving and supporting sustainability.
In August 2016 the company moved from Brighton to Bideford in Torridge, North Devon. Ivan Fabrega stood down as Director and has been replaced by Kim Tilbrook.
Torridge is one of the most deprived regions of Devon and the South West, with a limited amount of access to the arts, especially the performing arts. We wish to fill this gap, offering fun and innovative shows, events and learning opportunities.