The Fortress

A choreography commission for a mid scale touring outdoor show, by Beautiful Creatures, as part of Caversham Festival to audiences of over 2,000 people.


A timeless story about family, hope and regeneration. Centred around an ancient ceremonial site, ‘The Fortress’ depicts a community fighting against the threat of destruction, and learning the power of solidarity.


Five exceptional performers merge dance-theatre, acrobatics and musical performance to an electronic orchestral score in this fast paced and compelling story. Supported by Arts Council England and The Cultural Partnership.



Creative Team

  • Danielle Corbishley, Director

  • Liz Allum, Writer

  • John Darvell, Choreographer           

  • Tom Neill, Composer

  • Alan Dicker, Sound Designer

  • EmmyLou Laird, Costume

  • Mike Davies, Chime Maker

  • Kate Lewis, Visual Artist       


  • Sade Alleyne, Dancer

  • Laura Heywood, Dancer

  • Tom McDonald, Dancer

  • Nikki McLusky, Dancer

  • Isaac Saleh, Dancer 

Not only a very talented choreographer but an inspiring collaborator who fills the rehearsal room with a positive energy that makes working with John hugely rewarding.
— Danielle Corbishley, Artistic Director, Beautiful Creatures