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RED SKIES

Eastern Angles Theatre Company
  • Age Guidance:12+

Touring across the East of England 
with a final week at The Eastern Angles Centre, Sir John Mills Theatre

2nd July - 31st July 2021

A comic, clever and at times deeply personal new play by Ivan Cutting (Private Resistance) probes behind the façade of two famous authors, to find the secrets that both inspired and haunted them. 

Directed by Nicola Pollard, the play centres on a fictional meeting between two of Suffolk’s most famous residents: George Orwell, who took his name from the Ipswich river, and Arthur Ransome, who lived on it.  

The play opens in Southwold just before the outbreak of war, and Orwell’s father is dying. Arthur, along with his wife Evgenia, are sailing up the coast from Pin Mill. When Orwell, who is about to write Animal Farm, learns that Evgenia was the former secretary of Russia’s revolutionary leader, Trotsky, and that Ransome used to play chess with Lenin, he hurries down to the harbour. 

With their shared interest in fishing, fables and the east coast, the two writers begin a tentative friendship, until a mutual suspicion of spies causes sparks to fly. The extraordinary links between Orwell and Ransome and the women they loved fuels the flames. Resolution comes in 1950 with a new decade, and Orwell’s final days.  

Online booking is available or call the box office on 01473 211498 (Mon-Fri, 10am - 2pm)

See It Safely at the Sir John Mills Theatre

The raked seating has been removed and we have reduced the capacity of the auditorium to 49 to ensure we maintain social distancing of at least one metre plus, between tables/chairs. You can book in social bubbles of up to 6 people. Bookings of 6 or more are not permitted at this time unless you book across two or more tables.

We will clean the auditorium between shows using a fogging machine. All touch points will be cleaned between performances.

Prior to, during the interval and at the end of the performance additional windows and doors will be open. 

During the performance there will be ventilation in the auditorium 

We will not be issuing physical tickets, but audiences should bring Print at Home tickets (either printed out or on a mobile device) or evidence of their ticket purchases.

Programmes will be free.

The performance will last approximately 2 hours, with a 20 minute interval. We encourage you to pre-order your pre-show and interval refreshments when you book your tickets, however you will still be able to order on arrival, before the show starts.

Drinks: Glass of Red Wine, Glass of White Wine, Pimms & Lemonade, Gin & Tonic, Lighthouse Ale, Ghostship low-alcohol Ale, Orange Juice, Coke, Diet Coke, Lemonade, Tea and Coffee.

Ice Creams: Vanilla, Strawberry, Chocolate or Honey & Ginger.

Audiences, staff and volunteers must wear face coverings (unless exempt) throughout the performance. Please bring your own mask to cover your mouth and nose. You may remove your mask to eat or drink. 

Staff, performers and volunteers will have their temperature checked on arrival. Audience members will also be temperature checked on arrival. 

Hand sanitiser will be placed at key locations and staff will be on hand to guide and answer questions.

We will continue to keep all social distancing and mask-wearing regulations in place throughout the entire tour (including dates after the 19th of July) in order to keep our audiences, staff and cast members safe. 

Arrival/Interval/Finish

On arrival you will be directed into our new entrance for The Eastern Angles Centre (this is the former Suffolk Record Office entrance, not the Sir John Mills Theatre door). Weather permitting we will be able to utilise the outside spaces for checking tickets. When the auditorium opens, usually 30 minutes before the show, you will be taken to your seats in your bubbles and any pre-show drinks will be at your table. There will also be access to toilets, pre and post show.

During the interval you will be able to visit the toilet and any pre-ordered interval drinks will be brought to your table.

Cancellation/Refunds

If you or someone you know has experienced any of the symptoms of Covid-19 in the two weeks prior to the performance or experiences symptoms on the day you should self-isolate and not come to the performance. Please email the box office to return your tickets, a full refund will be given.

If Eastern Angles has to cancel the event due to Covid-19, or for any other reason, we will contact you as soon as we can to re-schedule or arrange a refund. 

When the performance has finished we ask that you remain seated and we will safely exit table by table.

Performers and Staff 

Performers will form a bubble, therefore they don't need to wear masks when performing or socially distance from each other. The stage area is raised and there is a 1.5m space between the front of the stage and the front tables. The performers, stage crew and camera crew will be testing regularly. There will be a camera person, wearing a mask, moving in front of the stage area, they will have their back to the audience.  

Our staff will be taking lateral flow tests twice weekly in accordance with government guidance.

Philip Gill

Arthur Ransome

Laurie Coldwell

George Orwell

Sally Ann Burnett

Evegina Ransome

Bronte Tadman

Sonia Orwell
Director

Nicola Pollard

Writer

Ivan Cutting

Designer

Ian Teague

Composer and Sound Designer

Chris Warner