Blackout Lights Up Lancaster

November 02, 2017 - 9:00am

Blackout Lights Up Lancaster

A special late night final performance of Blackout will take place on November 3 as part of Light Up Lancaster.

The community play, which tells the story of how Storm Desmond plunged North Lancashire into darkness for days in 2015, has been warmly received by audiences since it began its run on October 13.

The final performance, this Friday, will take place from 9pm, giving people the opportunity to catch the Light Up Lancaster events beforehand.

Blackout was inspired by testimony from residents, community organisations, emergency responders, sociologists and journalists who weathered the storm together.

The three main stories in the play reflect the real-life experiences of a Lancaster business owner who saw her shop devastated by flood water, a young homeless woman from Morecambe wandering the streets during the blackout and a schoolboy who lost his most precious possession to Storm Desmond.

It also features contributions from a fire officer, coastguard, an electricity company manager and a Lancaster University academic who co-wrote a report on what was the first long duration power cut in Britain to affect thousands since becoming so internet dependent.

The play is performed by a community cast, some of who were badly affected by Storm Desmond, and locally-based professional actors Christine Mackie and Peter Rylands in keeping with the ethos of Blackout being created with, and performed by, local people.

During the creative process, The Dukes engaged with people in some of the district’s most deprived areas – Marsh, Ridge, Ryelands, Vale, Harbour, Heysham North, Poulton, Skerton and Westgate - who can buy specially discounted tickets to see the production which is recommended for anyone aged 12 plus.

For more information and to book, ring the Box Office: 01524 598500 or visit