Keeping the Lights On

A special live online event featuring a trio of short audio plays combined with a panel discussion for the audience to participate in.

Directed by Stefan Escreet with Sound Design by Mark Melville.


Ragged Edge have worked with industry and academic experts to develop this collection of short plays responding to energy production in the context of the Climate Emergency.

Mark Addis captures his performance.

Fusion by Maeve Larkin is the story of a brilliant young female student, a migrant to this country, who is passionate about fusion and its potential to solve our energy needs.

Things We Hear When We’re Not Listening by Debbie McAndrew is a comedy about wind turbines and noise pollution.

Tidelands by Tajinder Hayer is the story of an encounter between a young woman who is a refugee from a country devastated by a rise in sea-levels and an older woman, located on a tidal barrier built for energy supply in the North of the UK.

Our plays are all set in the tangible near future and present stories that engage audiences with the issues and encourage them to find out more. We received ACE Emergency Funding to record audio versions of three of our plays and we recently presented them in special live online events in partnership with rural touring schemes.

What our audiences said:







Helen Longworth recording her part

Ragged Edge have redesigned their 2020 tour to offer a live, social experience for audiences at home. You’ll have the chance to talk about the plays and issues with our panel and other audience members.

So grab a brew, get comfy in your own home auditorium and enjoy a lively night in!

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We can arrange online events with expert guest panellists and facilitators to use our audio productions to spark discussion and investigation.

In the meantime here are the three plays for you to listen to:


Fusion by Maeve Larkin

Things We Hear When We’re Not Listening by Debbie McAndrew

Tidelands by Tajinder Hayer

The Creative Team

Our acting company went above and beyond to turn their own homes into recording studios for the remote recording process.

Headshots of the Keeping the Lights On creative team. Performers Matt Addis, Nadia Emam, Helen Longworth, Alyce Liburd, Claire Webzell. Writers Maeve Larkin, Debbie McAndrew, Tajinder Hayer. Sound Design Mark Melville, Director Stefan Escreet

Keeping the Lights On explores our region’s special relationship with energy production. There are many aspects to this, including the advent of fracking, the installation of wind-farms, the proposal for a tidal lagoon in Morecambe Bay, the nuclear industry and the proposed Geological Disposal Facility.

This is an immensely important part of the contemporary story of our region and is inextricably linked with climate change – a vital national question.

R&D tour of Heysham 2 Power Station

In recognition of how enormous this subject is, our original R&D involved commissioning six diverse writers and sound designer Mark Melville to create short pieces that were shown to a packed audience at The Dukes Theatre in Lancaster in January 2018.

Writers:  Sarah McDonald-Hughes, Debbie McAndrew, Tajinder Hayer, Zosia Wand, Nick Ahad and Maeve Larkin.

This R&D was in association with The Dukes Theatre – we are very grateful for all the support from the organisation and staff at the theatre. We were also encouraged and delighted to have received support from the Sir John Fisher Foundation as well as Arts Council England.

We would also like to thank the academic staff at Lancaster University that helped us with research: Prof. George Aggidis, Prof. Malcolm Joyce, Roger Kemp and also Kate Garratt, Lee Taylor, Simon Walker, Martyn Butlin and staff at Heysham 2.

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