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The Town MeetingThe Town Meeting

“An excellent experience. I felt lucky to be part of it.”

“a curious and adventurous piece…happily nothing like your average night out in the theatre”British Theatre Guide

“it’s like when you flip a coin, the moment the coin is in the air is the moment when you know what outcome you actually want.” – North East Reviews

Cap-a-Pie, in collaboration with Dr. Paul Cowie from Newcastle University, present a new piece theatre that places the audience at the centre of the problem and demands solutions.

Your town is teetering on the brink. Imminent destruction looms. Homes, livelihoods and an entire way of life are at stake. There’s only one thing for it: a Town Meeting. But we need help – your help! Time is running out to have your say…..

On the eve of a crucial hearing, Little Rikjord residents gather in the community centre to plan their presentation to the Minister. Assisted only by shambolic Junior Planning Officer Benjamin Rennold, Little Rikjord’s representatives must choose what is best for the future of their town.

Voted the most picturesque town in Greater Doggerland for four years running, Little Rikjord instills a great sense of community and attachment in local residents. The town’s economic prosperity owes much to the neighboring iron ore mine. However, the current seam has been exhausted and the Little Rikjord Iron Ore Mining Company is seeking permission to move Little Rikjord and begin mining directly under the town.

This play explores how communities react to external pressures and represent themselves. All audience members are give the opportunity to be credited as co-investigators. This is an exciting opportunity for audiences to work with a researcher to formulate a research question through participation in a fully interactive and immersive show.


Newcastle University