Sparks Might Fly

In 2015 UHArts launched its first theatre commission - Sparks Might Fly. The project invites theatres companies to work with researchers at the University of Hertfordshire, interpreting their findings for young audiences across the UK and using the power of theatre to make world-class academic research accessible to all.

The inaugural Sparks Might Fly commission was awarded to Newcastle-based Cap-a-Pie.

The Important Man

Cap-a-pie are are developing The Important Man, a new piece of touring theatre for schools inspired by Everyday Lives in War, a University research project on the impacts of the First World War.

Working with Professor Owen Davies at the University of Hertfordshire’s Heritage Hub, Cap-a-Pie chose to explore the role of fortune tellers during the First World War when, in the absence of news from the Front, everyday people turned to psychics and mediums for news of what might befall them.

In this unique one-man show, actor Brad McCormick plays several roles in a participatory piece of theatre which explores notions of belief and changing public attitudes. The Important Man will be touring secondary schools and colleges in the Eastern region from November 2016.

Professor Owen Davies, Professor of Social History and Associate Head of School (Research) at University of Hertfordshire comments: "We want the general public to engage with our research here at the University. Using the creative power of theatre will allow us to engage, and entertain, students and the young people of Hertfordshire and beyond”.

Making new work

In March 2016 UHArts and the University’s Heritage Hub launched the second of our theatre commissions, bringing together researchers from the University with an exciting range of artists and performers. We are hoping to develop this work into an engaging new production for the community.

Get in touch

If you would like further information on our production or would like to work with us, please contact:

Melissa Alexander, Operations and Theatre Manager
m.j.alexander2@herts.ac.uk