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Clod Ensemble National Tour of The Red Chair

The Red ChairClod Ensemble present The Red Chair, written and performed by Sarah Cameron and produced in association with Fuel.

The brand new show from Clod Ensemble is a contemporary take on storytelling traditions, served with rich language and a dram of whisky.

Directed by Suzy Willson | Music by Paul Clark
National Tour 19th February – 25th April 2015 | Soho Theatre 24th – 28th February

Following performances last summer of Red Ladies at the Southbank Centre and Margate Turner Contemporary gallery, the genre defying Clod Ensemble return with an intimate show with an original dark fairy tale at its heart.
The Red Chair is a surreal ballad populated with larger than life characters, told in rich and saucy Scots dialect which draws the audience into the extraordinary world of a troubled family (with a dram of whisky to help along the way).
A contemporary take on folk and fairytale storytelling traditions, The Red Chair tells the story of a father who eats and eats until he turns into the chair he is sitting upon, the wife doomed to cook his meals and their ‘inveesible’ daughter.

By turns haunting and humorous, The Red Chair takes audiences on a journey through a landscape of twisted reason, extreme compulsion and eye watering complacency, where domestic drudgery happens on an operatic scale and a father’s dereliction of duty reaches epic proportions.

Created in collaboration with artist Sarah Cameron and based on her original book, The Red Chair is performed with the physical vitality that has become a trademark of Clod Ensemble’s work, rooted in the training that both Sarah and director Suzy Willson experienced at the Jacques Lecoq school in Paris. Woven into the production is an original sound score created by Clod Ensemble co-artistic director Paul Clark.

Sarah Cameron is an artist, performer and writer. Born in Dundee, she studied sculpture at the Chelsea School of Art and theatre at Ecole International de Theatre Jacques Lecoq. She has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company, West Yorkshire Playhouse and the Young Vic, where she was a member of the resident company that created the legendary production of Grimm Tales, directed by Tim Supple.

Sarah first worked with Clod Ensemble in 1999, touring their production of Greed internationally in 2003. Most recently she appeared in their production of Zero at Sadler’s Wells Theatre.

Director Suzy Willson said “Sarah has worked with Clod Ensemble as a performer for many years. When she showed us the book she had been working on called The Red Chair we were blown away both by the quality of the language and by the power of the central image of a father who turns into the chair he is sitting upon. It is both mythic and contemporary, funny and heartfelt. It speaks of family and of ancestry – all the while conjuring up the wild beauty of the Scottish landscape. As well as being a virtuosic physical performer, Sarah is also a sculptor – the story felt to us like a kind of sculpture of words and we immediately wanted to hear and see her telling it.

Running Time: 1 hr 55 mins including interval | Suitable for ages 14+

Company Information
Directed by Suzy Willson Written and performed by Sarah Cameron
Music by Paul Clark Lighting Design by Hansjorg Schmidt
Design by Sarah Blenkinsop Produced in association with Fuel

Listings information
19th February 2015
Live at LICA, Lancaster
Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YW
8pm | £5-£7
liveatlica.org | 01524 594151

24th February – 1st March 2015
Soho Theatre, London
21 Dean Street, London W1D 3NE
Tues – Sat 7pm, Sun 5pm | £15/£12.50 Concs
Sohotheatre.com | 020 7478 0100

11th & 12th March 2015
Canada Water Culture Space, London
21 Surrey Quays Road, London SE16 7AR
7.30pm | prices £12/£10 Concs
www.canadawaterculturespace.org.uk | 020 8692 4446

19th March 2015
Lakeside Theatre, Essex
University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ
7.30pm | prices TBC
lakesidetheatre.org.uk | 01206 873261

24th & 25th March 2015
Northern Stage, Newcastle
Barras Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 7RH
8pm | £12 / £10 Concs
www.northernstage.co.uk | 0191 230 5151

3rd April 2015
Turner Contemporary, Kent (In association with Margate Theatre Royal)
Rendezvous, Margate CT9 1HG
7pm | £12
Theatreroyalmargate.com | 01843 292795

23rd – 26th April 2015
Stratford Circus, London
Theatre Square, London E15 1BX
Thurs & Fri 2pm (schools), Fri & Sat 7.30pm, Sun 3pm | £14
(£12 concs, £8 students)

Clod Ensemble makes performance happen in many different contexts, unleashing the extraordinary potential of movement and music for a broad range of audiences and participants. Founded in 1995 by Artistic Directors Paul Clark and Suzy Willson, the company creates performance projects, workshops and events across the UK and internationally. Recent productions include Zero (Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Brighton Festival), Silver Swan (Turbine Hall, Tate Modern), An Antomie in Four Quarters (Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Wales Millenium Centre), Under Glass (Winner of the Total Theatre Award for Visual/Physical Theatre in 2009) and Must a collaboration with legendary New York performer Peggy Shaw.

The Red Chair is produced in association with Fuel. Founded in 2004, and led by Louise Blackwell and Kate McGrath, Fuel is a producing organisation working in partnership with some of the most exciting artists in the UK to develop, create and present new work for all. Fuel is currently working with artists including: Will Adamsdale, Clod Ensemble, Inua Ellams, Fevered Sleep, David Rosenberg, Sound&Fury, Uninvited Guests and Melanie Wilson. fueltheatre.com @fueltheatre

Thursday 11th December 2014


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