Tag Archive for outdoor performance

Social Disdance

We are happy to have been invited by the Burton Art Gallery to run a series of Silent Discos in Victoria Park on the 8th and 15th August 2020, social distancing rules permitting. DJ Local Honey from the fabulous Club Click outfit in Brighton has helped us to produce an amazing set list. So we can put on our headphones and boogie. Thanks to Ian and Julian at the Burton!

Green Carpet Commission

We are delighted to have be the recipients of the 2020 Green Carpet Commission, supporting outdoor performance for green spaces. Our upcoming project The Whistlers / Les Siffleurs will be developed with the four project partners: Activate in Dorset, Le Citron Jaune in Bouches-du-Rhône (France), Cirque Jules Verne in Amiens (France) and Chassepierre Festival (Belgium).

We are very grateful to Kate Wood and Bill Gee for their support in our application and are really looking forward to working with them.

Working with North Devon Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

We are looking forward to working with North Devon AONB later this year.

We will be celebrating the unique landscape of the Taw/Torridge Estuary: the monumental movement of the rocks over vast time; the migratory journeys of wading birds who winter here; the passage of people’s feet who have lived and worked on the mouth of the river.

More details to follow soon…


For more information, please contact admin@redherringproductions.co.uk

Funny Peculiar

The research of neuropsychologist Dr. Weeks suggests that people who live their lives without worrying what others think are more likely to be healthier and live longer than the rest of us. Social commentators have suggested that eccentrics provide evidence for well functioning societies, which can accept and respond to new and challenging ideas. So, not only can we learn from people who defy convention – they are good for us!

We created a performance project to celebrate such people, scouring Britain for the most eccentric communities, talking to people on the streets, measuring their eccentricity levels and developing bespoke tours in each place that included hilarious performances, a creative audio experience, and gently encouraged people to have glorious fun in public places.

The project was initially created in Brighton by Red Herring and subsequently developed with Time Wont Wait, touring across the UK, with greater opportunities for people to take part – in our research, in satellite workshops and as performers.


Gnome Sweet Gnome


We were commissioned by Cuddington Village to deliver a project to run alongside their 2009 fete, themed Cuddington’s Gnomes at Home. We ran theatre and storytelling workshops with 20 children and grandparents, leading to a series of ‘pop up’ performances around the village and a Gnome Home installation of the village green.

It was heart-warming to see a cast of varied ages performing so well and clearly enjoying themselves. Gnome Sweet Gnome was a highlight of the fete and was not only a celebration of the Gnomic life but also confirmed the human ability to places oneself in another skin. Peter, Cuddington resident

What a superb effort from you and your team! Everyone I’ve spoken to thought the performances were great fun and the whole installation added enormously to the atmosphere on Fete day, Rosemary, Fete Committee member

I had a lot of fun being a Gnome and wish we could do it again! Louis, aged 8

The project was a collaboration with Cecily Murray from Brink of Distinction and the Cuddington Fete Committee and was funded by Awards for All

Little Red Riding Hood


Red Riding Hood was specially commissioned by Magnetic Events as part of their night time art trail ‘Enchanted Parks’ at Saltwell Park, Gateshead in December 2008 – winner of ‘The Best Event Tyneside’ at the Journal Culture Awards 2008.

If you go down to the park today, you’re in for a big surprise. Red Riding Hood is walking through the trees, looking for her Granny; the Woodcutter is on the hunt for the suspect in her disappearance – the Wolf, who is lurking in the bushes, attempting to lure more unsuspecting pensioners into the undergrowth.

A fable of night time terror mixed with satire was played out across the frot n park lawn, up wintery tree lined pathways into the very darkest leafy corners…The thousands of families who came laughed and were spooked as the wolf attempted to lure grannies into the bushes. They all came back for more!

Robin Morely, Magnetic Arts

Director and Designer: Paschale Straiton

Puppet Makers: Pickled Image

Performers and Lighting Operators: Vicky Andrews and Dik Downey from Pickled Image and Paschale Straiton with 8 volunteers from Northumberia University

The Séance


The Séance was commissioned in 2008, by The Winchester Hat Fair and Arts Fresco, Market Harborough, supported by the Without Walls Consortium in 2009 and funded by the Arts Council of England.

Psychic medium Hazel Doe is waiting for you to step across the threshold of her mysterious reception room – a popular haunt.
When you are sitting comfortably, she will lift the veil between this world and the next and…talk to the spirits. If she’s up to it, you may even witness a rare spiritual manifestation. Beware, a ghostly finger may be pointing to you.

The Séance was a 15 minute, intimate theatre piece, set in a highly ornate and dimly lit Victorian parlour. A group of 20 entered the room, held hands in the dark and experienced a Séance at the hands of Hazel Doe – mystic to the stars and her spirit guide Colin.

This beautifully performed, eloquently structured work was definitely a highlight of City of Secrets. It brings together elements of traditional fairground, sideshow culture and contemporary performance giving them a popular appeal, which transcends the sum of its parts. Highly recommended.

Jonathan Holloway, Norfolk and Norwich Festival

Devisers: Lucy Bradridge, Flick Ferdinando, Bernadette Russell, Paschale Straiton, with support from John Paul Zaccarini and Brenda Waite

Set Design: Charlie Camm, with support from James Chaplin, David Bernstein and Graeme Gilmour

Sound Design: Mercedes Maresca

Creative Producers: Sarah Sansom and Ayla Suveren for Time Wont Wait