Storm force play for the Dukes

David Upton

The Dukes in Lancaster opens its autumn homegrown season with the première of a play inspired by the stories of local people who lived through an unprecedented storm and power cut in North Lancashire in 2015.

Storm Desmond plunged 100,000 people into darkness, lasting four days for many. 

At the storm’s peak, 1,742 cubic metres of water per second flowed down the River Lune in Lancaster—the highest flow of any river ever recorded in England.

Blackout, which runs from October 13 to November 3 at The Dukes, is an original play inspired by testimony from residents, community organisations, emergency responders, sociologists and journalists who weathered the storm together.