CASTING: Fire At The Clarence

****   Cygnet are still looking for young men 18-25 and back stage support   ****

FIRE AT THE CLARENCE! A new community play by Mark Carey.

Cygnet Theatre with Wren Music will celebrate the history of Exeter’s much loved Royal Clarence Hotel with a large-scale community production in Autumn 2017. Cygnet is looking for Exeter- based actors, dancers and musicians and back-stage crew to form the Community Ensemble Company alongside Cygnet Company members to bring playwright Mark Carey’s script to life.

“Buildings hold something specific in their very fabric. To visit a house where a great person lived is to discover something about them that could never be described in a biography. This must have something to do with what has happened in these spaces. The walls must soak up something of the people who have spent time within them.

So what happens when those walls burn? Where do those traces go when these buildings are destroyed?

In October 2016 Exeter lost one of its most iconic buildings – the Royal Clarence Hotel. The reek of wet and smouldering plaster that filled the Cathedral Green that day was a smell not experienced since the Blitz.

Now the first Hotel in England is an empty shell.  Or is it?

Maybe, as the guests were led away to safety, the ghosts of those who had stayed in the hotel over hundreds of years rose up in the heat and walked away into the city.”            Mark Carey

Rehearsals will start on September 4th and the performances are scheduled to coincide with the anniversary of the fire between 31st October & 11th November. If you would like to get involved in the production on-stage or back stage please get in touch:

Email (Subject Fire at The Clarence)

Telephone 01392 277189.

Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ


What people said about Cygnet’s Community Production Trinity by Tom Nicholas (October 2014):

An interactive way of bringing history to life – very imaginative

Ambitious and creative production!  Held up well.  Loved cast & energy.

Inspired direction.  Beautiful, dynamic, charming, exciting … brilliant!!!