Brilliance is a love story combined with eclectic live music made especially for village halls. A show that is bound to light a spark from the inside out. From the company that brought you It’s a Wonderful Life, The Iranian Feast and Yørgjin Oxo. We caught up with Director, Gavin Stride to find out a little more about the upcoming show.

I have spent the past 25 years as a theatre maker, producer, commentator and occasional nuisance. Most of the things I do are simply an attempt to understand the world and my place in it. I am interested in the special and ordinary place of the arts in all our lives and in exploring all of the ways in which people express who they are: as story tellers, potters, knitters, poets and jam makers.  The performance work I make is created for spaces other than theatres, concerns the everyday and plays with the relationship between actor and audience.

The idea for Brilliance springs from a conversation about Godalming which was the first town in the country to have public electric light, only for it to be removed soon after. This led to a conversation with the writer, Kevin Dyer, about broadband and the ways in which rural communities are often the last to gain access to services.  The idea evolved and we started to talk more about the story within the story. We were certain we didn’t want to do a documentary or history play, but that there was something interestingly dramatic about the moment when light arrives in people’s lives.  We have tried to make a show that could only be presented in a village hall, one that springs from this world and that demonstrates that it is possible to make contemporary, popular theatre away from the city.

I want to ensure that arts practice in England remains a radical force, that renewal and experiment is not the sole preserve of the cities or the young and that the easy characterisation of the provinces as backward, nostalgic, comfortable places is firmly rebutted.

Brilliance by Farnham Maltings is at the Maltings on Thursday 18 October, at 8pm. Book your tickets here. Maltings members tickets are just £9. Find the full dates in this rural tour here.

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