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Peril at Sea

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7th Mar | Doors: 7.30pm | Performance 2 hours with an interval | £10

Up The Road Theatre, in association with New Theatre Royal Portsmouth, supported by LV21, The Seagull and Wells Maltings, present

Peril at Sea

New Touring Theatre Production Exploring Maritime History and Heritage

“On stormy nights when wild north-westers rave,
How proud a thing to fight with wind and wave!”
Arthur Hugh Clough

Join us in the intimate setting aboard the historic lightship LV21 for an evocative evening of live theatre.

The greatest storm in living memory blasts the English coast. Striving against the howling winds and pounding waves, a lonely boat struggles on. Those left behind wait impatiently, huddled together, isolated and unfamiliar.

As the storm rages and they wait, stories tumble out of the night – tales, memories, myths, legends and songs – all told by a multitude of characters. Amongst others, audiences will hear from sailors, submariners, smugglers and survivors.

The production is an opportunity to commemorate and celebrate those who have risked and lost their lives to save others, and the communities in which they lived. For the past year, the theatre company have been visiting sites and museums all over the country, gathering material used in the creation of the play: characters, anecdotes, events, songs and images. The stories also come from those who live by the sea, and their memories of life on the coast.


Buy Now£10 | Limited capacity


Supported by Arts Council England, The Leche Trust and Heritage Lottery Fund.

Running time: approx. 2 hours with an interval
Suitable for age 12 and up

About Up The Road Theatre

Based in Kent, Up The Road Theatre create new work for remote or rural audiences, especially those with little or limited access to the arts. Heavily audience-focused, and with a desire to create work with literary and historical relevance, Peril at Sea is their second production.

Heritage Open Days 2018

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There’s a lot to see and do aboard LV21 during the Heritage Open Days event!

This year, in recognition of the centenary of the Universal Suffrage Act, there will be hundreds of HODs events taking place on the theme of ‘Extraordinary Women’ – focusing on both well-known and less celebrated women.

Join the crew and tour the decks. Discover the ship’s history, from a floating navigation aid with a crew of seven designed to guide mariners at sea, to her current role as a cultural landmark in north Kent.

Explore the rich maritime heritage and delve into stories of some extraordinary seafaring women while aboard.

Meet artist Caroline Gregory and find out about the ambitious project she is currently working on aboard LV21, looking into ideas of female transition and telling the stories of women’s ‘journeying’ through life; their survivals and transformations. Please share your own story with her if you would like to be part of the ‘journey’.

Get inspired by artist ‘jamjart’ ’s small art installation of ‘preserved’ objects, “repurposing an ordinary squat jam jar – usually thoughtlessly discarded – as a mini vitrine showcasing found ‘treasures’.” Decorate an empty jam jar to take away and fill with your own treasured items.

All materials provided, suitable for all ages.

Heritage Open Days 2018 Photography Competition

Your chance to share the pictures you take with the HODs community – and win some great prizes whilst you’re at it!

For more info visit:

Refreshments available aboard.

International Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend 2018

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Saturday 18 August | 12-4pm | FREE Open Day

Come aboard for this annual event to explore the vessel and find out more about the fascinating history of lighthouses and lightships around the world.

Soldering and radio workshop | 11am-2pm

Book a soldering and radio workshop with our radio room resident and morse code expert Colin Turner (G3VTT) – £5 contribution payable on the day. This workshop is aimed specifically for creative practitioners who would like to learn the basic use of soldering tools, techniques and components identification. Each participant will make and take home a completed project which will be a Personal Amplifier and Loudspeaker for a smartphone, iPhone, iPod, iPad etc.

Please bring a packed lunch, refreshments provided | For 16+ only | Limited places

Email to reserve your place (limited availability).

Peril at Sea | 12-4pm

Meet Nicola Pollard from Up The Road Theatre to share your maritime tales and find out more about her latest theatre production Peril at Sea which will be performed onboard LV21 on 7 March 2019.

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‘jamjart’ | 12-4pm

In the entrance lobby you can explore a small art installation of ‘preserved’ objects. Meet the artist ‘jamjart’ to find out more about the artwork and her inspiration to repurpose an ordinary squat jam jar – usually thoughtlessly discarded – as a mini vitrine. “For the lighthouse keeper, a jar of homemade bramble jelly or marmalade adorned with a handwritten label could provide a deeper connection with domestic values and enrich his sense of duty despite the isolation from society…”

For more information please contact the artist:

Flashes & Occultations | 12-4pm

Explore the generator room and take time to listen to Jack Hayter’s ‘Flashes & Occultations’, a 77 minute long sonic improvisation on lighthouse life released by WIAIWYA in 2017. Here’s a short excerpt:


Evening Performance

Live music with Jack Hayter | 7-11pm | FREE

Jack Hayter, former Hefner and Dollboy alumnus and regular collaborator with Ralegh Long and Papernut Cambridge amongst others, plays live onboard LV21.

Folk Radio reviews Jack’s latest Abbey Wood release as “an unmitigated triumph. Clever and heartfelt, it inverts folk tropes by presenting historical narratives in extremely personal ways, or by creating finely-observed urban backgrounds where the more personal songs can play out. Hayter’s haunted, haunting voice holds it all together and makes it fabulously unique.”

Come and watch Jack perform this one off, free event within the unique ambience of LV21. Numbers are limited and offered on a first come, first served basis.

Donations are welcome and a licensed cash/card pay bar will be serving refreshments.

For more info about Jack visit: or visit his facebook page.

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We’re delighted that LV21 features in Stitch Stories: Personal Places, Spaces and Traces in Textile Art, the latest publication by the acclaimed textile artist, author and teacher Cas Holmes, whose textile work is often inspired by her life, the journeys she makes and people she meets. Read more

We were excited to welcome Damo Suzuki (ex Can) on board LV21 on Saturday 24th September to perform a sell out gig promoted by TEA Concerts. The gig also featured Up C Down C (who were Damo’s ‘sound carriers‘ (backing band) for the night) and French Fire Engine. Tickets sold out fast and were first made available to LV21 ShipMates and TEA mailing list subscribers. We have more nights planned with some great bands lined up.

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The crew at LV21 are once again pleased to be supporting the International Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend taking place on 20-21 August. We are also excited to announce the installation of Siren Signal, a sound sculpture exhibition by artist Steve McPherson commissioned for the International Lighthouse Relay and the Folkestone Fringe.

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