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

This large-scale theatre work was specially commissioned by Cultural Spring and the MAC Trust to mark the opening of Sunderland’s new Fire Station arts venue. Fireflight was created with 200 local participants and featured aerial performance, promenading action, poetry, fire, pyrotechnics and song from a 50-strong choir.

This poetic journey told the story of the transforming landscape of Sunderland as a spark of fire traverses history. 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. Ultimately the fire shines a light on residents’ hopes & dreams for the city’s future.

Fireflight has been nominated for Best Event Sunderland 2017 as part of The Journal Culture Awards.

‘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


Emma Horsman, The Cultural Spring:
‘It really was a fantastic show and the response from the public has been overwhelming, I've never quite seen anything like it on social media.’

Helen Green, Artistic Director, The Fire Station:
‘What you created for Sunderland was pure magic. I don’t think Sunderland has seen an event as good as that ever’

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