Clod Ensemble: On the High Road


Clod Ensemble presents an intoxicating explosion of movement, music and light.

Revel in the end-of-epoch atmosphere of On the High Road: intoxicating visual theatre featuring vital movement, a pulsating score and striking monochrome design.

A disparate group of people find themselves caught in a terrible storm on the High Road. Whether old or young, pilgrim or party-goer, they must all seek refuge under the same roof. As the night draws in, they dream, pray, dance, party and fight – waiting for the dawn to come.

Directed by Suzy Willson, a company of dancers, actors and singers warp time and perspective to create an epic moving sculpture. We watch human beings as if under a microscope, attempting to share space within their homes, cities, states and continents.

Paul Clark’s original score counterpoints wind howls, downpours and thunderclaps with the brilliance of the human voice. Twisted classical textures stumble into drunken bar-room pianos, and mournful songs build to pulsating clubby rhythms. Featuring award-winning Irish folk singer Thomas McCarthy, acclaimed soprano Melanie Pappenheim and cult-cabaret icon George Heyworth.

The stark monochrome design, kaleidoscopic movement and exhilarating music conjures a feverish end of epoch atmosphere. At once dance, theatre and gig – On The High Road’s turbulent blend of movement and music defies categorisation.

Warning: the trailer contains flashing images. 

Please note that strobe light effects are used during this performance.

Storyingtelling and Music Workshop with Thomas McCarthy

Learning songs as a group, as well as l learn to write your own songs with award-winning folk singer Thomas McCarthy. Find out more and book tickets

Duration: 1 hour 15mins with no interval

Book Tickets

  • Mon 20 May 7:30 PM £22.00/£19.00/£15.00/£10.00
  • Tue 21 May 7:30 PM £22.00/£19.00/£15.00/£10.00
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Book Tickets

  • Mon 20 May 7:30 PM
  • Tue 21 May 7:30 PM

Directed by Suzy Willson
Music by Paul Clark
Design by Sarah Blenkinsop & Kate Lane
Lighting by Hansjörg Schmidt
Featuring Thomas McCarthy
Photography by Hugo Glendinning

Full Circle and Enjoy get 50% off a pair of tickets for Mon 20 May at 7:30pm or Tue 21 May at 7:30pm

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Post show talk on Monday - Artistic Directors Suzy Willson & Paul Clark in conversation with Sam Dick - Deputy Director of Campaigns, Policy & Influencing at Oxfam.

Age guideline 14+

Please note that strobe light effects are used during this performance.

Warning: the trailer contains flashing images. 

  • Clod Ensemble is one of those innovative and anarchic companies thrusting its way through the boundaries of theatre.
       
    Guardian
  • The quality of the performance is astonishing and unforgettable.
       
    The Scotsman on Under Glass
  • The music by Paul Clark is achingly divine. Thrilling textures soar high and sweet, or brush against momentary discords.
       
    The Herald Scotland on Silver Swan at Tate Modern
  • The beauty of Clod Ensemble’s… piece is that it manages to simultaneously be all about that theatre, all about theatre, all about the individual and all about the human race.
       
    Islington Tribune on An Anatomie in Four Quarters

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