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The most famous people you've never heard of...

Blue Fire was formed in late 2017 with the express purpose of producing small-scale plays, specifically about theatrical heritage and the lives of both real and imaginary characters from the world of entertainment through the ages. The company takes particular satisfaction in subverting history to focus on lesser-known characters, consigning their more famous contemporaries to supporting roles.

Our first venture was to take Noel Coward’s Red Peppers to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2018, and we returned to the Fringe in 2019 with both Kemp’s Jig and Marie Lloyd Stole My Life.

We acquired the complete set of one man shows written and previously performed by Chris Harris in 2018 and revived Kemp’s Jig, following in Will Kemp’s footsteps with our own journey from London (Tara Arts Theatre) to Norwich (Maddermarket Theatre) early in 2019, before taking it out on the wider road. As well as continuing to tour Kemp, we have another of Chris Harris’ plays, That’s the Way to Do It in development.

Running parallel with this work we commissioned a piece of new writing specifically for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last year, the one woman show, Marie Lloyd Stole My Life, about the life of Music Hall star, Nelly Power. Nelly has proved very popular and our author, J.J. Leppink is working on expanding the piece into a full-length play, to be produced at the end of 2020.



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