Signal Fires

Northern Girls


In collaboration with Arcade in Scarborough Pilot is setting free the stories of girls and women who live along the North East coastline in autumn 2020, encouraging them to write and present tales that matter to them most in 2020/22.

We are commissioning short pieces from Asma Elbadawi, Zoe Cooper, Maureen Lennon, Charley Miles for this event, as well as working with spoken word artist Hannah Davies and a group of young women from Scarborough to create a magical celebration of northern women’s voices. A predominantly female creative team, comprised of theatre artists from the area will come together to direct and stage the work, which will have a special campfire presentations on (or near) the beach in Scarborough.

Dates and booking information to be announced. 

Northern Girls is part of the Signal Fires Festival.

Signal Fire (n): a fire or light set up in a prominent position as a warning, signal, or celebration.

In October and November, fires will light up across the UK with storytellers and audiences sharing in one of the original forms of theatre. The fires will signal the vibrancy of touring theatre, and the threat our industry continues to face.

From spectacular bonfires to digital blazes; the nation’s leading touring theatre companies will present a series of theatrical events at locations across the UK in celebration of our fundamental need to tell stories.

The companies will be working with hundreds of UK freelancers. Each fire will span different disciplines reflecting the breadth and diversity of the touring circuit. All fires will be presented outdoors in front of socially distanced live audiences, or digitally for those who are shielding or currently unable to travel. Companies involved in Signal Fires are: 45North, Arcade, Beyond Face, Big Telly, Boundless, Eastern Angles, English Touring Theatre, Fen in association with Out of Joint, Fuel, Graeae, Headlong, Kestrel Theatre Company, Kneehigh, Macha Productions, National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, New Perspectives, Pentabus, Pilot, Paines Plough, SBC Theatre, Scottish International Storytelling Festival, Slung Low, Spare Tyre, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men and Yellow Earth Theatre (with more to be announced).