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acts of resistance

by Stef Smith & the Headlong Futures company

In the not so distant future, England finds itself in the middle of yet another political earthquake. In our sitting rooms, on our streets, just off our shores, something is shifting under our feet and all across the nation communities are cracking.

But what would happen if people stopped keeping calm and carrying on. What if hope came from the most unexpected place…?

This brand-new play, created by four communities across England and award-winning writer Stef Smith, is a playful and passionate new production that looks at what we have inherited and what, for the sake of all our futures, we are willing to leave behind.

Acts of Resistance has been created through a bold and ambitious project called Headlong Futures. Bringing together four distinctive communities across England to create four unique stories, which have now been combined into one play, uncovering the fractures within our country. 

Headlong Futures is collaborating with Bristol Old Vic, New Perspectives, Theatre Royal Plymouth and Brewery Arts Centre.

Written by Stef Smith & the Headlong Futures company

Direction: Rob Watt

Associate Directors: Julia Head (Bristol), Lucy Hirst (Plymouth), Jon Randall (Kendal), Jayne Williams (Mansfield)

Producer: Alecia Marshall

Assistant Producer: Tilly Taylor

Design: Basia Binkowska

Sound: Ella Wahlström

Lighting: Hector Murray

Movement: Cressida Carré

Company Stage Manager: Emily Walpole

“A passionate community play about the shifting sands of today’s society… Director Rob Watt has done a sterling job in uniting the four threads…”
— The Stage ★ ★ ★ ★
“This piece couldn’t be more timely, as communities all over this island buckle down in hope. But as we were reminded at the end of the piece, hope alone isn’t enough.”
— Bristol 24/7
“I had any preconceptions of what community theatre might look like shattered by seeing Acts of Resistance”
— Weston Super Mum
“The play is an outstanding tale of how a divided nation can come together across generations.”
— Lifestyle Direct