Winner of Best Event Sunderland, Culture Awards 2018

This poetic spectacle 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. Commissioned by The Cultural Spring & MAC Sunderland this show marked the opening of the Fire Station venue for Sunderland and was performed with 100 local community members, ending in a rooftop pyrotechnic finale by Lightfires.


‘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