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