The Simple Things in Life: Salander

  • Project: The Simple Things in Life: Salander
  • Artist/Company: Fuel

“We are aware of being in the grip of a master of the spoken word and a highly charismatic performer” Metro (on Something Dark)

Created by Lemn Sissay

Discover Salander in the heart of the Roundhouse. Walk into Salander one person at a time, alone, and click. The door shuts behind and the journey begins into the inner world of Salander: an installation
where words perform.

In Salander, poems come to life to the soundtrack of Gorecki’s Symphony No.3 Op.36, inspired by the words of a girl written on the walls of a Gestapo cell. The words are inside, in Salander. It’s just you and them. Shine your light and they will shine.

Created by award winning poet Lemn Sissay in collaboration with young people in care or who have been in care, in a project produced by Fuel and Roundhouse, and named after Lisbeth Salander, the dark heroine of The Millennium Series who was also a care leaver.

Salander is the sixth experience commissioned by Fuel to celebrate The Simple Things in Life. Each performance or installation has been created in a garden shed, and the project has toured to venues and festivals including Latitude and the Edinburgh Fringe.

Audio description of the show is available on Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December between 12 noon and 8pm.  It is advisable to book a free slot beforehand and ask for the audio version of the show , by calling the Roundhouse on 0844 482 8008.


Funded by the Clore Duffield Foundation through its Clore Poetry and Literature Awards. Part of The Simple Things in Life, an idea produced by Fuel, and originally funded by Arts Council England.

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