We continue our pioneering work with LDHAS (Lancaster District Homeless Action Service) by creating and supporting a theatre group made up of people with experiences of street homelessness. In December 2015 they performed an adaptation of Cinderella entitled Cinderfella in The Round and are currently developing a piece entitled After The Flood;
AFTER THE FLOOD - Drama Sees Storm Memories Flooding Back
“The floods brought everybody to the same level, homeless or not”.
When the lights went out all over Lancaster in December following Storm Desmond, the atrocious weather conditions put homeless people on an equal footing with others, as thousands faced the kind of adversity and challenges they tackle on a daily basis.
These experiences will be reflected in After the Floods, an original production by Alternative Outcomes, a theatre company formed at The Dukes in 2013 by a group who access Lancaster District Homeless Action Service, now funded by an Arts Council England National Lottery grant.
With familiarity of day-to-day hardships, the group found themselves confidently coping with the challenges of the floods while providing support and assistance to others. During the following week’s fallout, they also noticed a change in attitudes as they became a part of the community through their shared experiences.
The audience will be invited into blacked out tents - inspired by the story of one performer’s journey after waking in the middle of the night to find the river had risen around his tent whilst camped on the banks of the Lune.
Inside, an immersive installation and performance piece will explore all the company’s extraordinary accounts of those 48 hours in December 2015, along with testimony from a range of key community sources including body-cam footage from Officer Andy Taylor on duty the night the floods hit, and radio broadcasts from Bay Radio’s ‘Action Desk’ rolling news, which provided a lifeline and information hub for 189,000 listeners.
The Dukes, Lancaster - Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 December
The Foxton Centre, Preston - Thursday 8 December
Streetlife, Blackpool – Friday 9 December
The Foyer, Morecambe – Monday 12 December
The Whitechapel Centre, Liverpool – Tuesday 13 December
The Booth Centre, Manchester – Thursday 15 December
Performances will tour homeless centres across the North West, engaging secondary school pupils and adults with experience of street homelessness in workshops exploring the show’s creation and themes.
After the Floods kicks off a year-long programme at The Dukes to engage a diverse cross-section of Lancaster’s community in the creation of original work about the floods’ impact.
The Dukes outreach work includes a range of collaborations with community partners and groups including:
Youth Offending Service
Gypsy Roma Traveller community
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
Ethnic Minority Support Agencies
Adults with experience of street homelessness (Alternative Outcomes with LDHAS)
If Boat Could Talk
Inspired by and located within the historic Aldcliffe area and Lancaster Canal, The Dukes present a floating sculpture and lantern display created by visual artists Anna Read and Shane Johnstone together with Dallas Road Primary School students and members of local community groups.
This installation celebrates the rich heritage of Lancaster, the movement of people to and from the city, the Lancaster folk tales which lie beneath the canal’s tow path and the stories that whistle over the water.
Supported by Canal & River Trust, Global Link, Friends of the Triangle, Global Link – Development Education Centre, and Lancaster Boys & Girls Club