Homecoming - The North East at War

Homecoming is an outdoor theatrical production created by internationally acclaimed theatre company Periplum. The production is to mark the centenary of WW1 by highlighting the stories of people from the Tees Valley and honouring their contribution to the war efforts.

The production focuses on the tales of soldiers, nurses and munitions workers which have been created from research materials and interviews by local libraries and archivists. The production had its first performance in Stockton and will be performed in Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Darlington and Redcar between September and December 2014.


Hi-Lights were called in to provide full lighting, sound and power distribution for the touring production (5 events) located around the Tees Valley area. The production is performed in ‘the round’ from multiple performance areas which are utilised by the cast throughout the performance. ‘Watch Tower’, ‘Home Front’ and ‘The Front’ are located within a hard barrier area and the fourth location is the audience area which also contains three performance platforms. As the production was performed in the round a multi-source PA system had to be installed to provide 360°clear and even coverage to the audience. Hi-Lights supplied a d&b C4 system with a Nexo monitoring system for the cast as well as a Sennheiser G3 radio mic system. Control was provided via a Yamaha M7CL-32 digital mixing console utilising a Cat5 signal distribution system. As well as a fixed multi source PA system the company also used a series of mobile, battery powered loudspeakers (provided by them) installed across the performance and audience areas which complimented the productions score and sound scape.

Lighting and power distribution also had to reflect the in ‘the round’ space and Hi-Lights were able to supply systems which were able to perform and meet the criteria of the lighting design. A variety of theatrical and outdoor lighting fixtures were used to create a specific and bespoke system for the production covering all performance spaces. Control was ran from an ETC Express  24/48 console and Zero88 dimmer packs.