Obscura Theatre

Songs and Stories from Atomic Town

Tue 29 October | 7.30pm

Folk of Cumbria, locals and offcomers… Draw near, for hereby hangs a tale.

A traditional Cumbrian “Merry Neet” with a twist; an evening of strange stories and spectral songs from Obscura Theatre’s new folk musical A Shanty for an Atomic Town. Part-folk gig, part-storytelling event, hear brand new songs and stories inspired by events past, present and future on West Cumbria’s nuclear coast.

“A unique concoction of the uncanny.” – Creative Tourist (Fell)

In songs and stories from A Shanty for an Atomic Town, four actor-musicians explore the rippling Promethean effect that the dawn of nuclear has had on humanity, on the country, and on a small seaside community in one north-westerly corner.

Runners-up for the Charlie Hartill Pleasance Reserve and finalists for the Untapped Award, Obscura Theatre are a North-West based theatre company exploring folklore, the fantastical, and its relationship to land and local identity. Previous work includes soundlandscape: The Wild Hauntings on the Moor with Ilkley Literature Festival and Brontë Parsonage Museum, soundlandscape: All the Boggles of Derwentwater with Theatre by the Lake and Fell in an abandoned mansion in Manchester. Obscura is led by director Emily Oulton and writer, composer and sound designer Patch Middleton.