17 July 2018

It’s business as usual, despite fire damage to our workshops on Friday July 13th.

Walk the Plank’s creative hub in Salford was damaged in a fire on Friday, 13 July.  This is the press release we have issued on the incident, 17th  July 2018.


Despite extensive damage to one of the production workshops at its new home in Salford, it’s business as usual for Manchester Day creators Walk the Plank who are continuing with their summer programme of shows.

The fire broke out on Friday evening around 11pm.  No one was in the building and no one was hurt. The blaze was attended by the Fire Service and Walk the Plank are now working with the police who are investigating the cause of the fire, which is believed to be an act of arson.

John Wassell, Walk the Plank Co-founder said:

“This is a very sad and shocking event which has happened less than a year into our new home.  Thankfully, no one was hurt and thanks to our amazing production and planning teams we are able to carry on with business as usual.  In the short term we will be looking at alternative arrangements for our production workshops but I would like to reassure everyone that the shows will go on.

We’re saddened and devastated by this act of vandalism, which has come just after our new building picked up three prestigious RIBA North West architectural Awards.”

Liz Pugh, Walk the Plank Co-founder said:

“When we chose the location for our new creative hub we wanted to remain at the heart of a community in Salford, as this is where we first docked our theatre ship when we started out 26 years ago.  It’s just very sad that this has happened when we have been extending our connections with local people in this neighbourhood.

Walk the Plank is an amazing family of people and while this unfortunate incident has knocked the wind from our sails, we are hugely resilient.  We battled the seas around the UK coastline with our touring ship for 15 years; and we’ve staged technically challenging shows in -25 degrees in the Baltic and in the scorching 40 degrees heat of the Mediterranean, so I’m sure we’ll bounce back.

We’d like to say ‘thank you’ to Salford’s firefighters, and to everyone who has given us their warm wishes and support during this very difficult time.  We will, of course, keep you updated on developments”

For further information please contact Tom Warman, Director of Marketing & Communications on 0161 736 8964 or tom@walktheplank.co.uk