Stories from Kirby Misperton Protection Camp

This weekend, Blooming Ludus visited Kirby Misperton Protection Camp in Ryedale. 
People have been camping near the village of Kirby Misperton since December to show their opposition to fracking. Fracking is an intensive, industrial process for extracting methane gas from shale rock that lies hundreds of metres underground. The process requires a large number of drilling sites – up to 8 per square mile – and this could mean thousands of well sites in a large area. The procedure is to drill down to the shale rock at a depth of about 3,000 metres and then to drill horizontally. Water, sand and toxic chemicals are then pumped down the well under very high pressure to fracture the shale and release the gas trapped inside. (

It's been a very special weekend with the inspiring community of the camp sharing us stories, art, and the human dimension of fracking. We are grateful to all the people we met in Kirby Misperton. We are bringing back our amazing experiences and stories from the camp to Power Story in May. Please come, explore and share your thoughts on fracking and other energies powering the UK.

You can get more information about Kirby Misperton Protection Camp here:

Photograph by Haeweon Yi (Blooming Ludus)

Photograph by Haeweon Yi (Blooming Ludus)

Say hello to POWER STORY 2017


13-14, 27-29 May 2017, The Warren: Studio 3, Brighton Fringe



How do you source your power? How do you recharge? What is your power? Any good energy saving tip? Tell us your power story - we'd love to hear all kinds of power story, whether its your electrical power, political power or human power! Let's see how we are connected on this grid of the planet and human society. Your story will be shared with on/off-line participants of Power Story, a participatory theatre/game about energy! For further details please click the image above.

Blooming Ludus in... Winchester?!

"Where have you been Blooming Ludus?!"


Last week, Blooming Ludus had our first residency at the University of Winchester, courtesy of our good friend Sam Howard of Theatre of Sam!

Thanks to Sam, the residency was amazingly productive and fun with intense rehearsals for Power Story, mindblowing debates, pizza, pasta, chai, and cheeeeeese! Smashing together game design and play theory in a studio space was a challenge - our biggest take away (besides the amazing show!) was some key questions around developing a participatory practice.  How do we build a show like this physically and how do we explore possibility while remaining focussed on the task at hand? 

If you want to see what we brought from Winchester, do NOT miss Power Story! Coming soon at Roundhouse on the 12th of June! You can still book your ticket here. (<- Click me!)

More news coming up!

Another brilliant artist David Burnett joined Power Story. Sorry that we cannot tell you more! Come along and find Dave's new work with Blooming Ludus.

And we add a devastating news here with dismay: 

"Landmark North Yorkshire fracking operation approved"

In spite of a number of objections, 'the first fracking operation in England since a ban was lifted in 2012' has been approved. Fracking, by drilling down deep into the Earth, has high risks of earthquakes, water contamination, noise, traffic pollution and wastes affecting environments and people's health. It is a very disappointing decision and communities in Yorkshire will continue to carry on their action against fracking. By fracking in Ryedale being approved, other regions in the UK may not avoid concerns of fracking in their areas. However, we can still make our voice and fight for 'no fracking anywhere' to support Yorkshire and protect our home and our planet. You can add your name for support here by signing the People's Declaration.

Also, please come and share your opinions on fracking at Power Story.