Exhilarating dance, breath-taking projection and original new music combine to tell a unifying and uplifting story of how communities can make change.
This stunning large-scale outdoor movement and dance-based production features a cast of over 100 performers, breath-taking visuals projected onto the walls of Rochester Castle, original new music and spoken word.
In Icon’s signature style, the production will be created and performed by professional theatre-makers alongside a collective of residents including community groups, local schools and young people supported by Icon Theatre’s Theatre31 programme.
Influenced by the sweeping changes worldwide that have been unleashed through the response to Covid-19, If Not Now will give voice to local stories and explore how communities can come together to challenge and transform poverty, prejudice, and the climate crisis, and look at historical moments which have launched extraordinary social change, including the establishment of the NHS and welfare state.
The show is free to attend as part of Medway Light Nights, a free spectacular festival of light that will transform Rochester’s iconic buildings and spaces into works of art.
If Not Now is an Icon Theatre, Medway Council and Theatre31 co-commission.
Cast and Creative Team
Director: Nancy Hirst and the community ensemble
Choreographer: Jon Beney
Projection Content Creators: NOVAK
Composer: Darren Clark
Set and Costume Designer: Sarah Booth
Lighting Designer: Dan Terry for Creative Spark
Music Director: Tania Holland Williams for Fat Lady Opera
Theatre31 Youth Theatre Director: Lily Vincent-Frankland
Assistant Choreographer: Harriet Parker-Beldeau
Video Content Artist: Josh Barnes
Costume Supervisor: Evelien Coleman
Cher Nicolette Ho
Patrick Ross Webster
Icon’s Community Chorus
Fat Lady Opera Community Chorus
Square Pegs Arts
Upside Down Dance Academy
Victory Academy, Chatham
Brompton Academy, Gillingham
Byron Primary School, Gillingham
Warren Wood Primary School, Rochester
More to be announced.
Rochester Castle, Castle Hill, Rochester ME1 1SW