Between Beacon and Shaft

War & Peace

Entre Phare et Shaft/Between Beacon and Shaft, performed by Nicolette Picheral and Dover-based electric guitarist Colin Hinds, under the direction of Stéphane Vérité, is a specially written fable about maritime borders. It focuses on the Straits of Dover, that the French know as “the Sleeve”, weaving together quotes from historical archives with a fictional mysterious beacon.

The performances – storytelling and guitar – will take place in Dunkerque on 13, 14 et 15 et 20, 21and 22 September, and in Dover’s Drop Redoubt and Grand Shaft on 28 and 29 September at 3 pm. On 17 October there will also be a panel discussion in Dunkerque led by Italian geographer and anthropologist Piero Zanini.

In Dover, Between Beacon and Shaft offers a unique opportunity to experience a theatrical event in two atmospheric historical buildings, which are rarely open to the public: The Drop Redoubt on Dover’s Western Heights and the Grand Shaft. Both buildings were constructed in response to the possibility of an invasion by Napoleon, who on 2nd July 1804 wrote to Vice-Admiral Latouche-Tréville: “If we can be masters of the Channel for six hours, then we shall be masters of the world“.

Nicolette says “I got to know Napoleon when I came to Dover“.

She was helped in her research by Dover Museum and the Western Heights Preservation Society.

La Compagnie PAR LE MOT‘s production Entre Phare et Shaft / Between Beacon & Shaft for Regional Capital of Culture Dunkirk 2013, is in collaboration with the City of Dunkirk and the Dunkirk Portuaire Museum, Dover Arts Development, Dover Museum and The Western Heights Preservation Society. The production is supported by the convention between the French Institute and the Région du Nord-Pas-de-Calais as well as Dover Arts Development’s WAR & PEACE Programme.

Initial rehearsals took place on 24 May 2013. Listen to a recording on Sound Cloud here.

Buy tickets for the Dover performances here.