Actors to perform writers’ letters of ‘hope in uncertain times’

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Last Updated on 1 February 2021 by Showcall Editorial Team

Actors Touring Company and Northern Stage are to present six performances of letters written by writers to provide “uplifting” messages of hope

Dear Tomorrow Northern Stage

Actors around the UK will perform an online series of letters written by six writers, aiming to offer uplifting messages of “hope in uncertain times”.

Dear Tomorrow – Hope From Home will feature the words of Satinder Chohan, Ameera Conrad, Hannah Khalil, Eve Leigh, Nemo Martin and Chiméne Suleyman.

A different letter will be performed each day from February 22 to 27, featuring actors Melissa Johns, Ameet Chana, Diana Babincova, Ann Akin, Kenya Sterling and Vera Chok.

They will be available to stream for free via Northern Stage website.

It follows last autumn’s Dear Tomorrow which featured three letters from writers around the globe sent to participants to perform for their own audiences, either at home or remotely – inspired by American writer James Baldwin’s powerful and emotive 1963 Letter To My Nephew.

Presented by Actors Touring Company (ATC), it was part of The Signal Fires project which celebrated the vibrancy of touring theatre across the UK. For Dear Tomorrow – Hope From Home, ATC has joined forces with Northern Stage, based in Newcastle upon Tyne.

It has been conceived and developed by Natalie Ibu, artistic director of Northern Stage, and Matthew Xia who has taken over as artistic director of ATC – a theatre company committed to producing work from outside the UK to create a dialogue between Britain and the rest of the world.

Xia said: “Dear Tomorrow was ATC’s ‘letter writing’ contribution to last autumn’s Signal Fires project. We wanted to find a way to deliver uplifting theatrical experiences to people in their homes across the UK.

“We were blown away by the response to the project and are now delighted to join forces with Northern Stage to extend and develop the idea. Dear Tomorrow – Hope From Home aims to deliver a variety of comforting, galvanising online experiences, at a time when hope is very much needed.”

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