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Maybe We Should All Be Less Afraid of the Dark


Written and Performed by Alissa Anne Jeun Yi

Following Government advice about new national Coronavirus measures, we have sadly had to cancel the performance of Maybe We Should All Be Less Afraid of the Dark on Sat 7 Nov. We’ll be in touch with ticket holders today. Thank you for your support and patience during this time.


Maybe We Should All Be Less Afraid of the Dark is an open-air fireside storytelling event with a difference.

This November 7th at sunset, around a roaring fire, with hot chocolates and blankets, writer and performer Alissa Anne Jeun Yi will take you on a wild storytelling journey all about a lighthouse in the darkness, arrivals from the sea, and the kindness and cruelty of strangers. This is an imaginative and disturbing story about the dark, about community, about fear, about history, about migration, about Kent, about being an island, about now, about Alissa – and about us.

Alissa is an exceptional writer whose debut show Love Songs (Soho Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe, Chinese Arts Now) received Guardian Pick of the Fringe, was nominated for two Edinburgh comedy awards and the Tony Craze Award. She has written and performed work at various UK festivals, in addition to making work for the V&A Museum, the Bush Theatre and BBC Radio 3.

With Maybe We Should All Be Less Afraid of the Dark, she tells a personal story about her own home county of Kent, responding to this time of madness and strife. It is mischievous, funny, insightful, wild, subversive… and returns to the roots of theatre by sharing a simple story around a fire. Maybe We Should All Be Less Afraid of the Dark is a way to come together (at an appropriate social distance of course) and join in a shared experience.

This is part of the Signal Fires project which is a collective touring initiative that will see new work staged UK-wide throughout October and November. Over 40 of the UK’s top touring theatre companies are taking part at a time when traditional touring isn’t possible. To find out more about Signal Fires, click here.