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Were you one of the 55,000 people in the Lancaster District affected when Storm Desmond caused a three-day power cut?

The Dukes needs your memories of the December 2015 floods and power cuts to help create a new play at the theatre this autumn.

Everyone in Lancaster, Morecambe and the surrounding area has a story to tell about how Storm Desmond affected them and The Dukes wants to hear yours.

Perhaps you were days without power, your home was waterlogged, your business badly damaged or you were part of the huge community effort to help others during that turbulent time.

Your tales of Storm Desmond will help The Dukes craft Blackout, a production telling the story of communities, families and individuals affected by the power outage and floods, which will be performed in October. This is your chance to contribute to and watch a show built from your memories and remember how one event devastated a city but united a community.

Blackout Director, Alex Summers said: “Blackout is an approach to theatre making with the community and we’re inviting everyone to take part. We’d like to hear from as many people as possible, it really is an open door policy. Storm Desmond is a great unifier and starting point because everyone can share some reflection of their experience of those days in December 2015. It’s a springboard for exciting stories which reflect a lot about who we are and how we cope with adversity; extraordinary events revealing a lot about our everyday lives.”

Post your story in the comment box below or email to be part of the project.

Alternatively, attend one of The Dukes Blackout workshops to tell your story and hear the accounts of others. Workshop dates will be announced soon.

For more information contact Alex at

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