Under Glass

Audiences encounter a series of seven glass containers holding eight performers. The performers appear almost as specimens.
Under Glass



Genre: Experimental
Venue: Hackney Showroom
Started: Wednesday 25 October 2017
Closed: Saturday 28 October 2017
Running time:0 hr 45 mins
Age suitability: 12+


This autumn marks the return of one of Clod Ensemble's most iconic works, a distinctive promenade production which sits somewhere between immersive installation and staged performance.

Originally commissioned by Sadler's Wells, Under Glass has been described as a cross between a museum exhibit and a medical laboratory.

Winner of the 2009 Total Theatre Award for Physical and Visual Theatre, Under Glass sees Clod Ensemble co-founders, director Suzy Willson and composer Paul Clark collaborate with Ted Hughes award-winning poet Alice Oswald, whose specially commissioned text is woven into the fabric of the score.


Audiences encounter a series of seven glass containers holding eight performers.

The performers appear almost as specimens; a woman in a jam jar, a couple negotiating their space in a bed-like Petri dish, a shy 'wallflower' pinned behind a glass panel, a man clock-watching in his office, a woman on the phone in a test tube observing the disintegration of village life.

Sound and light work together to guide the audience throughout the space, sometimes coming within inches of the performers - witnessing their moments of solitude exquisitely framed from dozens of different perspectives.

Clod Ensemble's productions often evolve over many years - this incarnation of Under Glass reworks both music and movement and sees new performers re-imagine each vessel and container.

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Hackney Downs Studios
Amhurst Terrace
London E8 2BT

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Previews from:Wednesday 25 October 2017

Press night:Thursday 26 October 2017

Closes:Saturday 28 October 2017

Performance days & times


Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm, 9‑00pm

Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm, 9‑00pm

Friday ‑ 7‑30pm, 9‑00pm

Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm, 9‑00pm



£15 - booking opens from 9 August



Angela de Castro

Olwen Fouéré

Leo Kay

Sachi Kimura

Silvia Mercuriali

Ramona Nagabczynski

Ragnhild Olsen

Jason Thorpe

Joy Constantinides

François Testory


Author: Poetry by Alice Oswald
Composer: Paul Clark
Director: Suzy Willson
Designer: Sarah Blenkinsop
Lighting: Hansj√∂rg Schmidt
Production: Clod Ensemble

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