Imagine it’s raining outside.
Imagine it’s raining outside, and it has been raining for three days.
But we’re in here. We’re together. Talking.
But this time something is going to happen. Something is definitely going to happen…
This is the story of The Socialist Republic of Desmond, the greatest imaginary micro-nation in the world.
In 2015 Callum had just graduated from Lancaster University, living in a small damp flat and working at a Spoons. In December it rained for three days, the River Lune burst its banks, a power station flooded and there was a blackout that lasted 72 hours.
On the second night, Callum met with friends and, in the darkness, they made a pot of stew over a gas camping stove.
A story about togetherness, power and imagined utopias, Desmond’s Republic examines how a crisis brings people together as performer Callum Berridge and the audience make a pot of stew to share together in the darkness.