Under Glass was a performance that took place within a series of glass jars, cabinets, and test tubes. Each vessel contained its own human specimen: 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 clockwatching in his office, a woman on the phone in a test tube observing the disintegration of village life.
The production integrated visual imagery, choreography, a compelling musical score, and a new text by TS Eliot Award-winning poet Alice Oswald.
Under Glass lifts characters out of the hurly-burly of everyday life and frames their moments of solitude; examining human beings attempting with varying success to live within their limits.
Supported by a Wellcome Trust People Award
A Sadler’s Wells Commission
Directed by Suzy Willson
Music by Paul Clark
Design by Sarah Blenkinsop
Lighting by Hansjörg Schmidt
Poetry by Alice Oswald
Performed by Angela de Castro, Olwen Fouéré, Sachi Kimura, Silvia Mercuriali, Ramona Nagabczynski, Ragnhild Olsen, Jason Thorpe, Joy Constantinides, Francois Testory
Produced by Fuel
Critical Acclaim for Under Glass
Winner of the Total Theatre Award, Visual & Physical Theatre 2009
"**** The quality of the performance is astonishing and unforgettable. "
"***** Under Glass is inventive, brilliant, and beautifully haunting. "
"**** Under Glass is played out with terrific intensity. "