We are looking for Medway-based groups, schools, and individuals of all ages to be involved in this show. If you’re an individual or group interested in acting, singing, dancing, backstage or front of house roles – we would love to hear from you. You will work with a professional choreographer, director and creative team to create something extraordinary.

About If Not Now

This stunning large-scale outdoor movement and dance-based production will feature a cast of 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 and performers alongside a collective of local 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.

Location

Rochester Castle, outside.

Running Time

20 minutes, starting at 6pm, 7pm & 8pm

Rehearsals

Rehearsals start in January 2022 (a small time commitment is required). Hot drinks, snacks and heated indoor dressing rooms will be provided.

How to Get Involved

If you would like to find out more, from late autumn 2021 we will be holding drop-in sessions to discuss the show.

You can pop into our office at any time for a chat: Icon Theatre, The Brook Theatre, Old Town Hall, Chatham, Kent ME4 4SE.

To let us know you’re coming to a drop-in session or that you want to be involved, contact Naomi Rosser: naomi@icontheatre.org.uk / 07810 772946

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