Presented By De Roovers

Blue Remembered Hills

Tues 7 - Sat 11 September, 7:30

Duration: 90 minutes

What to expect: Sensory spectacle, Theatre

Key info

Pick up point will be outside Abbey Wood station from 6pm – 6.45pm. Buses will drop audience members to and from site. A bar and food provision will be available.

Contact the Box Office: boxoffice@festival.org | 07553 191 543 – please note this number will be monitored as often as possible during the festival.

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Tickets: £15 / £10 concession

Into my heart on air that kills
From yon far country blows:
What are those blue remembered hills,
What spires, what farms are those?

That is the land of lost content,
I see it shining plain,
The happy highways where I went
And cannot come again.

A. E. Housman

This outdoor, site-specific production takes audiences on a journey to a hidden landscape, officially closed to the public for more than a century.

Under the shadow of war, seven children are playing in the countryside. As their games escalate, the boundaries between fun and cruelty become ever more blurred, leading to disastrous consequences.

Last seen at GDIF in 2017 with their production of A View from the Bridge, De Roovers is one of Flanders most respected theatre companies, returning with a production which will take audiences to a restricted landfill site, which holds memories of munitions factories and, with their demolition and the establishment of Thamesmead in the 1960s, childhood games.

Recommended age guidance 13+ 

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Blue Remembered Hills is part of our partnership highlighting Flanders (the Dutch-speaking northern part of Belgium) as one of the world-leading producers of innovative theatre and performing arts. Focus on Flanders is a two-year partnership between GDIF and the Diplomatic Representation of Flanders to the UK, designed to inspire cross-cultural working between the culturally vibrant and diverse destinations of Flanders and London.

Access

Site Access

Site is all level and has trackmat. However, there are some small bumps and inclines in the terrain, so we recommend taking your time.  

Viewing area 

Viewing Platform for wheelchair users, priority front row for those other access requirements.  

On-site walking distances  

Minimal 

Respite and Access Areas 

Located within production area, possible to have a tea or coffee in space and relax if the show is too challenging. Please speak to a volunteer to access this.  

Accessible Toilets 

Accessible Portaloo Toilets next to Viewing Platform 

Blue badge parking  

Blue Badge parking available on street near Abbey Wood station to take the Abbey Wood Bus. 

Access drop-off point 

Abbey Wood Station 

Photo route 

Meet directly at Abbey Wood station  

Contact  

Alex if you have any Access questions: alex@festival.org // 07899 893 935 

Other audience questions, contact our Box Office: boxoffice@festival.org 

Show Access

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Assistance Dogs Welcome
  • Easy Read Description Available – click here to download
  • Captioned Performances (Tuesday – Friday)

Wednesday 8 September show Access:

  • Audio Described
  • Relaxed Introduction

Wheelchair accessible buses are currently available Wednesday and Friday night. If demand increases, additional busses can be added on request.

Trigger Warning: This performance contains: fire, airplane noises, some shouting.

Content Warning: There are some scenes that an audience may find challenging, including themes of war, children’s bullying and fighting, death and loss.

BSL interpreted description and Audio Description about the show are available on this page.

Notes for Audience

Assistance Dog notes – Due to the nature of the site, we ask those with assistance dogs to get in touch prior to the performance.

On Wednesday 8, there will be live Audio Description. There will be a pre-show Audio and BSL introduction to the piece 30 minutes prior to the performance. Please choose the first bus.

Tuesday – Friday, Captions will be provided by the Difference Engine App straight to your phone. We recommend downloading the App before arriving and bringing a personal charging pack. For more information click here.

Due to the nature of this site, we have a limited number of spaces for wheelchair users available – please note that these must be booked a minimum of 36 hours in advance to avoid disappointment.

Brochure

Large-print and Easy Read versions of the festival brochure will be available to download in advance or to pick up on the day. Visit our Access page for more information.

Where to find it

Blue Remembered Hills will be performed in a secret location in Thamesmead. When booking your tickets, you will need to select a bus time – the site access is restricted to known vehicles only.

Pick up will be from Abbey Wood station, SE2. Served by Southeastern and Thameslink – visit tfl.gov.uk for routes.

Please arrive at Abbey Wood Station pick up point in good time for your bus slot. If you miss your allotted time, we may not be able to get you to site. By purchasing these tickets, you acknowledge that latecomers may not be accommodated.

There will be a bar and food provision on site. You cannot bring your own food or drink on to the site. You must follow any instructions given by staff or volunteers for health and safety reasons.

Due to the nature of this site, we have a limited number of spaces for wheelchair users available – please note that these must be booked a minimum of 36 hours in advance to avoid disappointment.

About the company

De Roovers, founded in 1994, is a theatre ensemble that works without a director. Starting with challenging textual material – either classical or contemporary – the actors make or perform theatre that examines socially relevant issues through compelling text, innovative approaches, and an urgent performance style.

Supported by

Blue Remembered Hills is supported by Peabody, Royal Greenwich Festivals, Arts Council England, Flanders House – the Diplomatic Representation of Flanders to the UK, Lendlease and Cockayne.

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