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MUST the inside story

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  • Must - The Inside Story ~
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  • Project: MUST the inside story
  • Artist/Company: Clod Ensemble, Peggy Shaw

“Exquisite... This is open-heart surgery of the artistic kind, performed without anaesthetic.” The Guardian

Accompanied by a live band, legendary New York performer Peggy Shaw excavates the memories and images that shelter in her joints and unearths ancient stories embedded in layers of bone. Followed by a post show discussion.

Produced in association with Fuel.

A collaboration between Peggy Shaw and Clod Ensemble. Journey through the hills and valleys of one woman's body. Adventure across the melting ice caps and the thirsty deserts.

Medicine and theatre collide as legendary New York performance artist Peggy Shaw takes us on a journey across the extraordinary landscape of her own body, accompanied by a live band.

Must is a poetic look at what it feels like to have a body. It excavates the memories and images contained in the joints and layers of bone.

Inspired by images from Gulliver's Travels, Hildegarde von Bingen, The Elephant Man and everyday experiences of the medical profession, Must takes a hard stare at the medical gaze and the assumptions people make about each other's bodies.

The book and CD of MUST are both available to purchase from the shop.

Supported by a Wellcome Trust People Award and Arts Council England (as part of the Performing Medicine Project)

Creative Team

By Peggy Shaw and Suzy Willson

Original Music by Paul Clark

Critical Acclaim for MUST

2009 Total Theatre Awards Special Commendation

"Shaw's obsession with bones, with origins and what lies at our core is what drives a powerful hour of deeply personal probing... I sincerly urge you to spend an hour in the hands of a genius." Edinburgh Festival Magazine

"Powerful, honest and life-affirming: if only all incisions to the body were this beautiful." Time Out

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