In Northumberland something strange is happening in the museum

Published: 10 June 2021
Reporter: Peter Lathan

Repeat Signal

Morpeth-based The November Club is to stream a site-specific 30-minute play from Ashington’s Woodhorn Museum.

Written by playwright, dramaturg and director Tatty Hennessy, directed by Joe Hufton and filmed by Meerkat films, Repeat Signal tells the story of Bibi (Sulin Hasso), an aspiring film-maker who has recently arrived in Ashington and is taking her phone all over the county, making films to showcase her new life in Northumberland to send to her brother back home.

Her friend Lucas (Jane Jarratt) wants to make sure she’s capturing his home county fully, not just the castles and coastline but the real things that make it special. And so, one night, he sneaks her into his favourite museum for an up-close, behind the scenes look at his town’s past. The perfect setting for the ultimate video.

But there’s someone—something—else in the museum tonight. Something from the past. And it’s not staying quiet.

There will be twelve streamed performances of Repeat Signal between 17 and 27 June and they are free to view, although registering and booking in advance is required via The November Club web site.

Joe Hufton, who was appointed Artistic Director of November Club in autumn 2020 after Cinzia Hardy, who founded the company and was AD and CEO for 15 years, stepped down to concentrate on a freelance career, said, “we’re really interested in how we can use technology to push the boundaries of what a ‘play’ is. We want to explore using film and streaming to take theatre out of theatre buildings. We want to turn more places into stages and to create a site-specific story that happens out there in the world, not in an auditorium.

“This digital project is the start of something new for November Club and we’re delighted to be working with some talented, freelancers who are new to the company. We’ve also included the voices of young people from Northumberland. We can’t wait for you to see it.”