Under Glass is a performance which takes place within a series of glass jars, cabinets and test tubes. Each vessel contains 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 integrates visual imagery, choreography, a compelling musical score, and a new text by TS Eliot Award-winning poet Alice Oswald.
At once museum exhibit, gallery and medical laboratory, 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
"Under Glass is inventive, brilliant, and beautifully haunting." What's On *****
"Under Glass is played out with terrific intensity" The Scotsman ****