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Steel Tumbleweed

Steel Tumbleweed

The Courtyard Theatre, 19-23 July 2016

It is only in death that we are noticed.

As the winds of desolation whistle through the empty streets, will four teenagers join the lost souls that inhabit their crumbling community? Is it a conspiracy, a coincidence, or simply a catastrophe that so many young people have gone from just one small town? Based on real events and genuine tragedies, Steel Tumbleweed highlights some of the struggles young people face in the unforgiving society that is modern Britain. This dark, stirring play touches on the very personal heartbreaks that reflect a broken community.

Uncanny Arts is a nascent storytelling company founded by actor, director and playwright Dan Dawes. Inspired by the Sigmund Freud essay ‘Das Unheimliche’, the company aims to indulge in the grey areas of life; the spaces between places; the familiar made unfamiliar; the uncanny reality that we all live in.

Steel Tumbleweed is the company’s inaugural production and touches on the surreal dichotomy between the incorporeal voices of online life and reality, as well as the eeriness of urban emptiness.

A quiet city is a contradiction in terms. It is a thing uncanny, spectral.

— Max Beerbohm

Photography by Robert Vass