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The Roof will raise the rafters at SIRF

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

the roof

AN unusual blend of 3D sound, contemporary dance and ‘free running’ all set against the skyline of Stockton is one of the exciting new shows heading to the Borough as part of this year’s Stockton International Riverside Festival (SIRF).

Set within the suspended reality of a dramatic game the audience will experience a 360 degree performance and will wear headphones to enable them to take in an intimate and complementary 3D soundtrack.

The Roof by Fuel Theatre will start with a figure emerging from an open door onto a roof. In the style of a computer game, knives are sharpened as the reluctant hero desperately tries to stay alive.

This is the third collaboration between theatre director David Rosenberg and choreographer Frauke Requardt, following the successful productions Electric Hotel and Motor Show – which came to SIRF in 2010 and 2012.

The purpose built arena, which will be in the Dairy Car Park off Church Road, has been designed by Jon Bausor, set designer for the London 2012 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony.

Councillor Ken Dixon, Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: “We’re delighted to welcome this 360-degree panoramic performance to SIRF14. Almost 10,000 people paid to watch The Roof when it premiered in London earlier in the year and it’s quite a coup that Stockton is the first place The Roof will head to after its critically acclaimed run. What’s more we are extremely pleased to be able to offer this experience, like all shows at SIRF, to our residents and visitors for free.”

During SIRF The Roof by Fuel Theatre will take place in the Dairy Car Park, off Church Road, on Friday 1 August at 9.30pm, Saturday 2 August at 7pm and 9.30pm and Sunday 3 August 6pm and 8.30pm. This show is not suitable for children under 12 years.

When The Roof premiered in central London as part of the London international festival of theatre it received a wealth of positive reviews from audiences and critics alike. Visit for more information.

To see the full festival programme, visit the SIRF website on SIRF is supported by Arts Council England. 

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