Presented by Ella Grace, Katie Lyons & China Plate


What price are we prepared to pay to keep the lights on?

  • 28th January 2017 - 26th April 2017
  • By Ella Grace & Katie Lyons

Run time: 70 minutes

An image of hanging light bulbs, the central one is the only one turned on.
A group of participants wearing headphones, walking down a narrow corridor, which is lit up pink and purple.


Blackout is a new site-specific, immersive musical that puts the future of British energy under the spotlight. Drawing on research with communities in Harlow and Lowestoft the show explores the increasing energy needs of a growing population, the nuclear power debate and the controversy surrounding projects such as Hinkley Point C.

The initial stage of development included extended research phases in the communities of Lowestoft and Harlow and time to explore cutting edge sound technology. The R&D culminated in a work in progress performance at Harlow Playhouse.

From an original idea developed through China Plate’s Musical Theatre Darkroom [Musical Theatre Network, Greenhouse, Harlow Playhouse, South Hill Park Arts Centre & Royal & Derngate]. Blackout is supported using public funds from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Photo © Zbigneiw Kotkiewicz

Creative Team

Two men and two women sit around a table, an audience watches them wearing headphones.

Ella Grace & Katie Lyons

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  • Writer | Katie Lyons
  • Composer | Ella Grace
  • Director | Terry O'Donovan
  • Lighting Director | Joshua Pharo
  • Set Designer | Amelia Hankin
  • Sound Designer | Steve Rafter
  • Filmmaker | Rachel Bunce
  • Producer | China Plate

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