Winner of Best Event Sunderland, Culture Awards 2018

‘Still and moving; spinning and twisting. Very impressive, and a real spectacle.’ British Theatre Guide

This poetic journey told the story of the transforming landscape of Sunderland through a flame traversing history, ultimately shining a light on residents’ hopes & dreams for the city’s future. The flame ignites the glassworks factories, radiates from the lighthouse, sparks the shipyards, shines on the sea, entices smugglers to Roker Beach, provides illumination in the deep of the mines, stirs the passions in the Stadium of Light, and provides inspiration for the lightbulb created in Sunderland, encapsulating the Spirit of Invention.


‘The story of the Lambton Worm is a Wearside folk legend. Here Periplum begins its own myth creation. Writers Damian Wright and Claire Raftery, Periplum’s artistic directors, link the dragon’s last burst of flame with the destruction of the city’s industries, shipbuilding, coal and glass, but also imagine it as shining across the generations, revealing past, present and future. Still and moving; spinning and twisting; naked flame and spurting fireworks—all in all, very impressive, and a real spectacle. The Fire Station has certainly burst onto the Sunderland cultural scene with a bang!’
British Theatre Guide