Bottled Dreams of Better Days: Digital

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A hand drawn image of a plastic bottle on a beach. Layered on top are the words Fair Shake Theatre presents Bottled Dreams of Better Days

Bottled Dreams of Better Days Digital is a new piece of digital theatre, devised and created by Fair Shake Theatre in collaboration with writer Athena Stevens. Performed 5th – 7th November 2020, this live-streamed Zoom piece draws on the world of the Bottled Dreams live play, which was developed by the company last year.

During a community beach clean initiative on a Kent beach, we follow three characters as they navigate the events of 2020, attempting to connect during Zoom meetings and socially-distanced meetups. The piece explores the themes of plastic pollution and the rise of PPE found on the coastline, people’s hopes and dreams, and the arrival of refugees to Kent’s shoreline. The show integrated Makaton and audio description, and included British Sign Language interpretation and captioning.

We received some great audience feedback:

‘Wow, that was excellent.’

‘We were with you all the way.’

‘I enjoyed the production, very thought provoking and relevant. The relationship between the characters made me chuckle!’

‘Well done, innovative work – I really loved the way you worked with the platform.’

‘We really enjoyed the performance and thought it was well done. The technology side of things was seamless too.’

‘Bottled Dreams was a really interesting and very different theatre experience. Lots of clever ideas and ways of working.’

Zoom image of the characters litter picking on a virtual beach.

Produced by Fair Shake Theatre with support from Arts Council England. In partnership for digital design with Carousel.


Bottled Dreams of Better Days

Fair Shake were selected to be part of the Marlowe ROAR Artists Development Programme at The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury.  This devised piece uses a sensory set to recreate the Kent shoreline. A group of people on a beach clean find a plastic bottle containing someone’s dream – but all is not as it seems.

After a week long Research and Development programme there was a public sharing of the work, alongside eight other companies at The Marlowe Theatre on Sunday 27th October 2019.

We received some great audience feedback:

“Cathartic, funny & important.  I love how your feedback methods are accessible.”

“Thoughtful, Brave, Poignant”

“Inclusive, Current, Meaningful”

“Emotive, Poetic, Intimate”

“I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed ‘Bottled Dreams Of Better Days’. I grew up in a small seaside town so it’s a piece that really resonated with me and I loved its inclusivity too”.  

Performer explores working with sand and stones in a rehearsal room

A character sits on a crate reading a paper on a sensory beach.

Two performers explore creating a character from sticks


Music Made Peace

In March 2019 we were supported with the first phase of Research & Development supported by The Young Vic Directors Programme. We explored our approach around the story of Gods Mercury and Apollo.