the bell

‘This performance has a power that awakens your consciousness.’
La Journada, Mexico

The Bell is a theatrical spectacle and 360-degree surround performance for audiences of up to 5,000 people. A sensory extravaganza, The Bell takes inspiration from the visceral imagery of films by Akira Kurosawa (Ran) and Andrei Tarkovsky (Andrei Rublev), creating a potent tale of hope and redemption. The show features dynamic promenade action, mobile structures, pyrotechnics, stilts, aerial performance and soaring music to explore timeless themes of war and peace in a spectacle of fire, light and humanity re-born from the ashes.

The Bell tells a simple and moving story of striving to transcend conflict and find resolution through shared struggle. The action moves around and through the audience who are in the centre of the performance space and are included through promenade movements and vocal interactions. The show features fire & pyro designed by The World Famous & delivered by Lightfires.

Available for UK & international touring. DVD and Promoters’ Pack available on request.

‘‘This performance has a power that awakens your consciousness: one of the most original expressions of theatricality I have seen. A brilliant example of how ideals and freedom encourage humanity to fight no matter what the consequences. A long applause was the company’s award from an emotional audience reminded of the intense moral choices in life’
La Journada, Mexico

‘The Bell was undoubtedly the highlight of the first day of Malta International Festival. With admiration audience watched the beautiful staging, it was a feast for both eyes and ears. An amazing score, which was sung live, was piercing. The artists really used the space given to them, surprising the people with further twists in every corner of the square. There was a mastery in engaging the public in what was happening. The delighted audience applauded for a long time. A mesmerising tale.’
Moje Miasto, Poland

‘One of the best al fresco productions of 2008.’
The Independent, UK

‘One of the most impressive works that has ever been at Zacatecas International Festival. The play transmitted a message from heart to heart – a message of peace in a universal language. One of the few plays in which the audience have the opportunity to have direct contact with the artists, to feel part of the cast.’
El Sol, Mexico

‘It’s like being catapulted into the landscape of a fantasy video game, minus the control pad. The clever use of space, fire, and music is augmented by a poetic text that employs the sounds and rhythms of words beautifully, working in tandem with strong physical performances. The Bell was a success – beautiful, melancholic, thought-provoking, well executed. A stupendous performance.’
Total Theatre, UK

‘Periplum successfully fuse theatrical imagination with the latest technology, with fireworks & large structures moving amongst the audience, who follow the action to see the fantastic. Amid explosions, the artists raise public awareness to a central dilemma of many times: peace or war’
Correo, Mexico

‘A breathtaking site-specific wonder from Periplum. This company pushes theatre in bold new directions with such scale & ambition. Five stars.’
Fringe Review

Show:
Site-responsive outdoor night-time theatrical spectacle.

Format:
Promenade & surround action between stage areas at each end.

Playing area:
Adaptable, usually 70m x 50m, which includes set structures, fenced/roped off areas and audience standing areas. The show has played smaller, larger & unusual spaces.

Sites:
Green spaces, Town square, heritage, industrial & regeneration sites.

Audience:
Standard, up to 5,000 people, age 8+ advised.

Company:
20 people.

Language:
Can be performed in English, Spanish, French, Polish & other languages.

Show length:
50 mins.

Freight:
1 x 20’ container or 1 x 7.5t truck.

Participation:
Can include between 12-16 local volunteers.

Additional:
Workshops specialising in site-specific theatre, often lead to exciting public performances.

Full Promoters’ Pack and DVD available on request.

‘A fantastic opportunity to be involved with a beautiful performance.’ Participant, Winchester Hat Fair

The Bell offers an exciting opportunity for between 12-16 local people of 18+ – students, community members, aspiring & professional performers – to take part in this intense large-scale theatrical spectacle.

Participants train & work with the company during an intensive workshop and dress rehearsal, developing skills in physical theatre, ensemble choreography, interactive & surround performance. Handling fire torches and large banners, participants work as a team to bring epic human scale to the action, moving through and around the audience.

Taking part in The Bell has been a transformative & fulfilling experience for many participants across the UK & internationally, leading to real exchange between Periplum and local communities.

photo: ray gibson

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photo: mark chance

photo: ray gibson

photo: ray gibson