Yorkshire Times
Voice of the North
8:54 PM 6th September 2019

Terror from the Skies at Square Chapel

Matthew Bellwood         image by Lizzie Coombes
Matthew Bellwood image by Lizzie Coombes
Terror from the Skies is a new show from Leeds-based writer and storyteller Matthew Bellwood inspired by hundreds of conversations with people from across the North of England about how they feel about where they live.

Performed by Matthew, the play combines storytelling with an inventive approach to stage design that seeks to help the audience feel what it is like to be looking down on a community from the skies. He has worked with set designer, Hannah Sibai and professional miniature model maker, Sophie Hyman, to create a model village complete with trees, graveyard, local shops and rows of terrace houses that are moved about and manipulated to tell the story. The village contrasts with a series of large hand-drawn images which will be projected full-size to further animate significant dramatic moments.

The show is an exploration of all the things that we hold important about where we live, the people who make that home inhabitable, and what happens when big business capitalism begins to encroach on our sense of cohesion. On a hot summer’s day in a graveyard not too far from here, we meet Sheila who has just moved to the area and is seeking a new man, a new job and a new life. Instead, she finds Joanne, a young mother with a passion for local history. Elsewhere, Jake and Hassan are skipping school. Friends for life, they have played for the same football team, chased the same girls and dreamed the same dreams. Now that GCSEs are looming, life is starting to look a little less simple. All their lives are about to take a very unusual turn owing unknown terror lurking in the skies.

This drama was selected for Bridging The Gap 2019 - a competitive annual award led by ARC Stockton, where a collection of venues from Yorkshire and the North East come together to support the development and touring of an innovate new show. Chief Executive Annabel Turpin explains:

We are really pleased to be supporting Terror from the Skies through our Bridging The Gap scheme. The whole panel were excited by the combination of storytelling and strong visuals, and Matthew's exploration of perspective in this way.

Terror from the Skies by Moveable Feast & Bridging The Gap

Thursday 12 September, 8:00pm at Square Chapel, Halifax’s Copper Auditorium

Tickets: Pay What You Can

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