By Sarah Jost
From 1 June to 9 September, London’s National Theatre is hosting Inside Out, a series of events both in the theatre itself and outside in its courtyard and graded terraces. The Pop-up Workshop features costume and puppet-making classes and Staging Warhorse and the Making of Timon provide inside looks at the making of the biggest shows of the Theatre’s season.
Watch This Space features a variety of performances, some of which change daily and some that continue for a week at a time, all of which are free. Three nights this past week, countless flames were lit throughout the National Theatre’s courtyard and terraces in the Fire Garden/Concrete Inferno, a magical display by UK-based pyrotechnics company the World Famous.
The Fire Garden was at once peaceful and exciting. Sitting surrounded on all sides by flickering flames, Londoners on dates, and tourists with their cameras always at the ready was almost surreal. The candles, torches, and fireworks were accompanied by a beautiful, ethereal two-hour mix by Aswarm’s Thor McIntyre.
Though the Fire Garden ended last night, it is definitely a good indicator that everyone should, in fact, be watching that space.