Lockdown Theatre Festival: Rockets and Blue Lights

Lockdown Theatre Festival: Rockets and Blue Lights

Part of Streamdoor: theatre you can watch from home

“On BBC Radio 3, Rockets and Blue Lights retells British history through the prism of the slave trade. Fusing fact with fiction, past with present, the powerfully personal with the fiercely political, it asks who owns our past - and who has the right to tell its stories?”

Overview

The Royal Exchange Theatre’s production of Rockets and Blue Lights had not yet had its press night when the theatres closed in March 2020. Lockdown Theatre Festival gives it a new lease of life on radio, using technological solutions to record the actors at home.

Amid the gloom of Victorian England, Thomas, a black sailor prepares to take one last voyage, while the ageing artist JMW Turner seeks inspiration in a half-remembered story. In 21st-century London, an actress finds herself bound by history – two centuries after abolitionists won her ancestors their freedom. The play retells British history through the prism of the slave trade. Fusing fact with fiction, past with present, the powerfully personal with the fiercely political, it asks who owns our past - and who has the right to tell its stories?

Critic reviews

Winsome Pinnock’s play, responding to JMW Turner’s Slave Ship painting, is a timely contribution to the Black Lives Matter campaign

The Guardian

An ugly truth made beautiful

The Stage

Date & time

Show ended
On BBC Radio 3, Sat 13 Jun, 8pm and then available online.

Venue

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