Back To Top Icon
< Back

Furnace: Hit Reset (2016)

  • Venue: Other Space
  • Duration: 85
  • Other: Talks will be held Front of House
  • Share:

More Information on Furnace: Hit Reset (2016)

Hit Reset invites speakers from across the UK to imagine an alternative cultural landscape. Our theatrical heritage has been shaped over centuries, but what would it look like today if our dominant storytellers had been queer? Or disabled? Or asylum seekers?

If we could hit reset, would it be possible to defy the deep-rooted conventions ingrained in our culture? Or, centuries from now, will we still be telling the same old story?

Hit Reset will bring together artists and makers from across the kaleidoscope of contemporary British theatre for five informal conversation events, presented as part of Furnace: Festival.

Wednesday 28th September, 17:00 – 18:15

Jo Clifford

Edinburgh based Jo Clifford is a playwright, performer, proud father and grandmother.

Next year she will be touring her GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JESUS, QUEEN OF HEAVEN in UK and Europe. Meanwhile the production in Portuguese is currently touring Brazil, where it is becoming an icon of resistance to transphobia, intolerance, the evangelical churches and the right wing government. Her translation of THE HOUSE OF BERNARD ALBA will be presented early next year in a co-production between Graeae and the Royal Exchange. She is writing a commission for the Exchange, and, with Chris Goode, is co-writing a new play for the National Theatre of Scotland, which she will perform in summer 2017.

Jo Clifford option 1 resized

Thursday 29th September, 17:00 – 18:15

Lucy Kerbel

Lucy is the Director of Tonic Theatre and an award-winning theatre director. Having begun her career as Resident Director at the National Theatre Studio and English Touring Theatre, Lucy went on to direct a range of classics, new writing and productions for younger audiences. It was while directing around the UK that Lucy became interested in the question of gender equality in theatre. She recognised that the industry would need better support if it were to achieve greater balance in its workforces and repertoires and so in 2011, with the support of the National Theatre and Royal Opera House’s Step Change scheme, Lucy founded Tonic Theatre to go some way towards achieving this.

Her first book, 100 Great Plays for Women is published by Nick Hern Books.

Lucy Kerbel

Friday 30th September, 16:00 – 18:30

WHATNEXT? Yorkshire – (Does Anyone Know) What’s Going On?

Every day brings news of change. The world is not what it was. Uncertainty is the new normal.

What will the Autumn spending review mean for the arts? Who will the be the winners and losers in the next NPO round? Do local authorities still have a cultural purpose? How do artists deal with change? What will Brexit bring? Whatever happened to tolerance?

We may not know what will happen next, but we can’t be left behind. Business as usual is not an option and the only way we can thrive is to get on top of the big questions. The trouble is, we can’t even agree what the big questions are. So let’s hear from some people who are culturally inclined and on the front line of change.

Speakers include Adele Poppleton, Head of Active and Creative Communities at Kirklees Council; Pete Massey, Senior Relationship Manager, ACE.

A WhatNext? Yorkshire event in association with Furnace: Festival.

Thursday 6th October, 17:00 – 18:15

Robert Softley Gale

Robert is an established figure in the Scottish arts scene, with over ten years of experience in diverse roles including disability rights activist, actor and performer, writer, artistic director and advocate of equality of access to the arts for disabled people.  Robert has appeared in many productions and has developed his own artistic practice – including instigating, co-writing and performing in Girl X for the National Theatre of Scotland, directed by Pol Heyvaert of Belgium’s Campo. His award-winning writing debut and solo performance – If These Spasms Could Speak – was a hit of the 2013 Made in Scotland programme and has subsequently toured internationally to countries including Brazil and India. Robert joined Birds of Paradise as Artistic Director in November 2013.

Robert Softley Gale (smiling). Photo by Eoin Carey resized

Friday 7th October, 16:30 – 17:45

Inua Ellams

Born in Nigeria, Inua Ellams is a cross art form practitioner, a poet, playwright & performer, graphic artist & designer and founder of the Midnight Run — an international, arts-filled, night-time, playful, urban, walking experience. He is a Complete Works poet alumni and a designer at White Space Creative Agency. Across his work, Identity, Displacement & Destiny are reoccurring themes in which he also tries to mix the old with the new: traditional african storytelling with contemporary poetry, pencil with pixel, texture with vector images. His three books of poetry are published by Flipped Eye and Akashic Books, and several plays by Oberon.

Inua Ellams resized


Furnace: Hit Reset is presented as part of the Furnace Festival 2016. Click here for more information.



Book Tickets

Captioned Performance

Open captioning allows theatre goers with varying degrees of hearing to view the full text as it is spoken or sung, including sound effects and off stage noises. These appear on a scrolling screen, positioned on or at the side of the stage.

British Sign Language Interpreted

A signed performance is the usual full production using either the creative use of sign integrated into the performance or a British Sign Language Interpreter on stage interpreting the show for D/deaf attendees.

Audio Described

Audio Described performances are designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attendees. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage the customer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage.

Relaxed Performance

A relaxed performance is a specially selected show from our programme, with slight adaptations to make it suitable for an audience of young people or adults with learning disabilities. This may include extra lighting, additional wheelchair spaces and the freedom to move to alternative seating if required.

Dementia-Friendly Performance

Dementia friendly performances are for all audiences. The theatre experience is enhanced for people living with dementia and their supporters, with adaptations to front of house service, the show and pre-show information packs. Additional dementia-aware staff, quiet spaces, clear signage and visual markers, sound and lighting adjustments and flexible seating options all help to create a supportive, shared experience.

Sing Along

Singalong with the cast in this exclusive performance. Join in as loud as you like, fancy dress is optional but highly recommended.

Post Show Discussion

Parent & Baby Performance

A Parent and Baby performance enables parents to attend the theatre with their baby (under 12 months). We make small adaptations to the lighting and sound effects, including keeping the auditorium lights slightly raised. The seating is unallocated and there is a relaxed attitude to noise.

Booking Fees:

*A transaction fee of £1.95 will be applied to all phone and internet bookings.


  • Captioned - Captioned
  • Signed - Signed
  • Audio Description - Audio Description
  • Relaxed Performance - Relaxed Performance
  • Dementia Friendly Performance - Dementia Friendly Performance
  • Post Show Discussion - Post Show Discussion
  • Sing Along - Sing Along
  • Parent & Baby Performance - Parent & Baby Performance
< Back

Latest Shows

  • Piaf

    Courtyard Theatre 27 May TO 13 Jun
  • Freedom Project

    Bramall Rock Void 12 Jun TO 13 Jun
  • Monsoon Wedding

    Quarry Theatre 22 Jun TO 11 Jul
Download BrochureSpring / Summer 20
Download BrochureSpring / Summer 20
Major funders
Arts Council England Leeds City Council The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation
Principal Capital and Families Partner
Caddick Developments
Principal Capital and Access Partner
Irwin Mitchell Solicitors