Signal Fires: Dear Tomorrow

By Maya Arad Yasur, Kimber Lee and Stephanie Street (November 1 – 30, 2020)

(November 1 – 30, 2020) 

Thank you to everyone who’s taken part in ‘Dear Tomorrow’.

The project is now closed – but look out for a new version happening next year!
(If you requested a letter recently, it is on its way. Each letter is homemade by us, for you.)


a letter of hope from a stranger… for you to perform in your own home.

This Autumn, fires will light up across the UK with storytellers and audiences sharing in one of the most traditional forms of theatre. The fires will signal the vibrancy of touring theatre, the threat our industry continues to face, and the hope we must continue to fuel for a brighter tomorrow.

From spectacular bonfires, candle-lit vigils, to digital blazes; the nation’s leading touring theatre companies will present a series of theatrical events at locations across the UK in celebration of our fundamental need to tell stories.

ATC has commissioned 3 playwrights around the globe to write a letter to tomorrow, a letter of hope… for you to perform in your own home

Inspired by James Baldwin’s galvanising letter to his nephew, My Dungeon Shook, the letters will be penned in a time of uncertainty and offer the chance to create a unique moment of optimistic home theatre. 

We are inviting you, wherever you happen to be in the world, to light a candle, gather your loved ones – in your house, bubble, or online – and to read and share the letters with your own bespoke audience.

We will send your letter, designed by award winning theatre designer Grace Smart, by post (accessible audio, captioned video and large print versions will also be available).


Maya Arad Yasur (translated by Eran Edry) from Israel.  Writer of Amsterdam (ATC, Orange Tree, Theatre Royal Plymouth 2019/20), God Waits at the Station (Schauspiel Dresden, Germany 2016), BOMB (Schauspiel Cologne, Germany 2020) The Exiteers (Landestheater Schwaben, Germany 2020), and more.

Kimber Lee from the USA. Winner of the inaugural Bruntwood Prize International Award 2019 for untitled f*ck m*ss s**gon play (O’Neill National Playwrights Conference). Other works include To The Yellow House (upcoming La Jolla Playhouse), Tokyo Fish Story (South Coast Rep, Old Globe Theater), and Brownsville Song (B-Side for Tray) (Humana Festival, Lincoln Center/LCT3

Stephanie Street from UK/Singapore. Writer of Sisters (Sheffield Crucible)and Dragonflies (Victoria, Singapore); adaptor of Wuthering Heights and The Reluctant Fundamentalist (NYT)

Eran Edry is a Tel Aviv-born translator and children’s screenwriter. Float of Hope is his latest project with longtime collaborator, Israeli-Dutch playwright, Maya Arad-Yasur (Amsterdam). Eran lives in north London with his partner and their dog. He has recently completed his debut children’s book and is currently working on his latest stage translation.

Grace Smart studied at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts where she gained a First Class BA in Theatre Performance Design, and was the overall winner of the Linbury Prize in 2015.
Her set and costume designs include Susanna, (The Royal Opera House), Henry VI Part 1, 2, and 3/ Richard III (The Globe Theatre), My Beautiful Laundrette/ Memoirs of an Asian Football Casual (Curve Theatre), The End of History… (Royal Court), Killer Joe (Trafalgar Studios), One Night in Miami (Nottingham Playhouse), Shebeen (Nottingham Playhouse/ Theatre Royal Stratford East), Crocodile Fever (Traverse Theatre), Good Vibrations/ The Colleen Bawn and St Joan (Lyric, Belfast), Postcards from the Ledge (Gaiety Theatre and Irish national tour), The World’s Wife (Welsh National Opera), East is East (Northern Stage), Normal and Blasted (90 Season, Styx Bar), Bar Mitzvah Boy (The Gatehouse, London) and The Pier (Oxford Playhouse). She has been set designer for Here Comes the Night (Lyric, Belfast) and Costume designer for Wonderland (UK tour) and Shopping and Fucking (Lyric Hammersmith).

DIRECTOR: Matthew Xia, Artistic Director of Actors Touring Company (ATC)

DESIGN CONSULTANT: Grace Smart (Crocodile Fever, Traverse; One Night in Miami, Shebeen Nottingham Playhouse)

DATES: available to order until the end of November 2020

DELIVERY: within 7 days although please be aware it may take up to 28 days depending on demand / COVID restrictions

DONATE: Please consider donating to ATC to help with the costs of this project and to support our future work. Donations could be from £1 to £1000 (we leave the donation amount up to you)


  • - Various homes across the world.