The Rising Sun

Experience Romford in a New Light
51°34'47.5"N, 0°10'58.9"E

15 - 30.07.2022
Romford Market / Online
08:00 - 20:00*

*18 & 19 July 8:00 - 12:00

This immersive installation envelopes spectators in haze, light, and sound which evolves as time passes. Built in partnership with local people and communities, the project celebrates the voices of 100 people in Havering, mapping their histories and futures.

The installation has been designed to resemble a public house on the outside, whilst the inside offers an environment filled with a hue that follows the movements of the sun. - a space of contemplation and hope .

The Rising Sun has been created by studio Variable Matter, led by award-winning artist David Shearing, with Art Direction by Laura Ann Price, and Sound Design by James Bulley.

With thanks to our community partners:

Ahava Community, The Bull Pub, Di's Diamonds, Diamond Geezers (The Harrow Pub), Dicing with Life, The Golden Lion, Havering Asian Social & Welfare Association (HASWA), Havering Council, Hope Café, The Mercury Shopping Centre, Romford Markets, Romford Shopping Hall and YMCA Thames Gateway.

If you have any access requirements or would like to organise any special tours, please email

The Rising Sun is funded by Arts Council England, Romford BID, Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch, Havering Changing, and The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.


Throughout the installation we will host one-off events that celebrate different local groups and communities who have helped shape the project. We welcome members of the public to join us for talks, sharings, and discussions about the project.


The Rising Sun - On Design

SUNDAY 24 July 15:00 - Join us for a conversation with Art Director Laura Ann Price and Artist David Shearing for a discussion on the design aspects of the 'The Rising Sun'. We will meet at the installation then head to The Bull Pub - Romford Market. The event is held in association with the Society of British Theatre Designers (SBTD) and is open to members of public and those working within design and performance.


Dicing with Life

MONDAY 25 JULY - Join us for outside games from 18:00 Interactive game of Werewolf 19:00 - 20:00 (booking required) Werewolf Your quiet little 16th century village of Romford has suddenly become infested with some very unfriendly werewolves... can you and the other villagers find them before they eliminate everyone? Variable Matter in collaboration with Dicing With Life invite you to come join us for Werewolf - a fun filled game of social deduction & murderous werewolves in our unique location. The one hour session will include one full game of Werewolf as well as a quick and easy explaination of the rules. Minimum Age: 16


The Rising Sun: LATE

WEDNESDAY 27 JULY - A special extended day event to mark the transition into nighttime - see the space and all windows illuminated by street light. No booking required. 20:00 - 22:30

David Shearing

Art Direction
Laura Ann Price

Sound Design & Composition
James Bulley

Executive Producers
Laura Sweeney & Ash Bowmott

Project Manager
Veionella Spaine

Production Manager
Ryszard Lewandowski (KitMapper)

Technical Manager
Ed Borgnis

Structural Engineer
Clive Goadby (Flow Structures)

Website & Brand Identity
Rabbit Hole

Press & PR
Diana Whitehead (Fourth Wall PR)

Architectural Advisor
Andreas Skourtis

Emma Purvis

DSH Scenery
David Holland & Sarah Holland

Event Photography
Hannah Davis

Romford BID
Julie Frost

Queen's Theatre Hornchurch
Mathew Russell

Havering Changing
James Jackson

Havering Changing (Romford)
Julia Stallard

Scenic Artist
Charles Edwards

Scenic Artist
Camille Etchart