“We need to use our imagination. We need to imagine that change might be possible. That change is possible, however hard or impossible it might seem.”
Exploring equality and inviting action, Summit is the new play by renowned theatre-maker Andy Smith, writer-performer of The Preston Bill, Commonwealth, and (alongside Tim Crouch), what happens to the hope at the end of the evening.
A blend of languages
In a blend of languages, including fully integrated BSL, three performers tell a story from three perspectives. It is the story of an international meeting. A meeting called to respond to a crisis. A meeting at which something happened, and in that moment everything changed.
Very clear, direct and playful relationships
Summit is produced by Fuel. They produce shows, performances or experiences which have very clear, direct and playful relationships with their audiences – in Summit , the audience are part of the show: they are delegates at a high level meeting on a potentially catastrophic international situation.
Diversity, inclusion and agency,
Andy Smith, theatre playright and Dartington College of Arts alumni, told ArtsCulture: “In both form and content, the play looks to explore ideas of diversity, inclusion and agency, and I am looking forward to presenting it in many places and for many audiences across England this autumn.”
‘Playful interpretations of our social and political times’
Amy Bere, Dartington Hall Trust executive director of arts, said: “Andy Smith’s playful interpretations of our social and political times are calling card of his theatre work.
“His economic writing and the sparse staging of Summit enables the audience direct access to the performance and its themes.
“At a time when international discussion and debate is at its most critical, our ability or otherwise to successfully communicate with one another has a particular urgency.”
Crisis, communication, and community
Kate McGrath, director of Fuel, said: “Andy has an ability to get right to the essence of things, and in this case to ask, if everything were to change, what would your part in that change be? It’s about crisis, communication, and community and for me it’s also about finding courage.
“It’s a privilege to be working with Andy and the rest of the team to bring this unique event to audiences around the UK, as part of our ongoing commitment to sharing our work with the widest possible audience.”
Co-commissioned by South Street in association with University of Reading, Brighton Festival, Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, UCLan/Derelict and Lancaster Arts. Supported by University of Manchester, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Unity Theatre, Liverpool and the Peggy Ramsay Foundation. Funded by Arts Council England.
Summit is performed in English and BSL, and is accessible for both deaf and hearing audiences.
(from a press release)