Brilliance – bringing the light to the rural West Country

THE transforming power of electric light is celebrated in the latest production from Farnham Maltings theatre company, touring the region with  Artsreach and Take Art dates from 6th to 10th December.

Following successful tours with The Iranian Feast and It’s A Wonderful Life, the popular company brings a new play designed specifically for rural touring. Brilliance is a celebration of our ability to connect and find the light in a bright new world. .

Set in the winters of 1948 and 1963, the play opens with locals gathered in the village hall. Lightning has struck the hall roof. Mrs Atkinson has called the repairman, a man who can fix a creaking door and chimneys that smoke, and in he comes with his daughter, bright blue eyes full of brilliance, like an animal in from the woods.

Long after its arrival in the city, the slow process of rural electrification is starting to illuminate every corner and crevice of village life. As the dark evenings hold us in, 240 volts of alternating current and the humble electric light bulb allow us to gather and sing long into the night.

With live music and song, Brilliance is a perfect show for the long dark winter nights.


The Artsreach tour begins at West Stafford village hall (07968 633834, on Wednesday 6th December, followed by Wootton Fitzpaine (01297 560948) on Thursday 7th, Sturminster Marshall’s Memorial Hall (01258 857447) on Friday 8th and Yetminster Jubilee Hall (01935 873719) on Sunday 10th. On Saturday 9th, Brilliance is with Take Art at Neroche village hall. All performances begin at 7.30pm.