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Royal Arsenal, Woolwich
Thursday 19 June, 9.45 - 10.30pm

Supported by Woolwich Regeneration Agency, Greenwich Council, Without Walls, Arts Council England.

Have you ever imagined what it might feel like to be part of an epic film set?

Well here’s your chance to be swept up in an amazing spectacle and be surrounded on all sides with images, sound and action. Ingenious stagecraft and pyrotechnics combine in a story of a community devastated by invasion and faced with a choice: seek revenge or stay and rebuild. The creation of a bell becomes the focus of the people’s hope and an uplifting celebration of communal life.

Royal Arsenal Woolwich
By Train: Woolwich Arsenal
By Bus: Woolwich Town Centre 53, 54, 96, 161, 180, 380, 422, 472
By Car: Public car parking at Royal Arsenal, off Plumstead Road, Woolwich or Calderwood Street multi-storey
By Thames Clipper: Royal Arsenal Pier
Access: Disabled parking is available. Specially adapted toilet available on site.

Fanfare starts on Beresford Square at 7.00pm and will finish at approximately 9.30pm.

The Bell starts on Number 1 Street, Royal Arsenal at 9.45pm and will finish at approximately 10.30pm. Entrance to the Royal Arsenal is via the gates adjacent to the Royal Brass Foundry on Plumstead Road. Please note that The Bell contains fire and pyrotechnic effects.

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Please phone us on 020 8305 5023 or email to discuss any access requirements.

The Bell - Artists
Following an intense process of research and creative development, this new and highly poetic piece of outdoor theatre, which is inspired by the Tarkovsky film Andrei Rublev, has been developed by the Brighton based company Periplum in collaboration with pyrotechnicians The World Famous.

Formed in 1999 by Damian Wright and Claire Raftery, Periplum sets out to create highly intense visual performances with the power to capture the imagination of audiences. In collaborating with The World Famous (whose work can also be seen at this year’s GDIF in Full Circle) they are able to draw on the skills of a pyrotechnic company who in the words of The Times “are pushing at the boundaries of theatre”.

The presentation of The Bell at the Royal Arsenal builds on the success of previous GDIF productions at this impressive site, including IOU Theatre’s Tattoo and fire installations by the French Compagnie Carabosse. This latest Festival production will make maximum use of the Arsenal’s impressive public spaces and background of atmospheric buildings including the historic Brass Foundry.

The Bell was Commissioned by Hastings Borough Council, The National Theatre, Made in Brighton and the Winchester Hat Fair

Download a pdf of this year's brochure with all maps and photos
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