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Under Glass

Under Glass is a performance which takes place within a collection 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 and choreography with a new text by TS Eliot Award-winning poet Alice Oswald, and an original score.

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. Under Glass can be shown individually, in clusters, or as a whole series.

Winner of the 2009 Total Theatre Award:
Physical and Visual Theatre

“The quality of the performance is astonishing and unforgettable.” The Scotsman

“Under Glass is inventive, brilliant, and beautifully haunting.”   What’s On


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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, Leo Kay, Sachi Kimura, Silvia Mercuriali, Ramona Nagabczynski, Ragnhild Olsen, Jason Thorpe, Joy Constantinides, Francois Testory
Produced by Fuel


Under Glass

Commissioned by Sadler's Wells.
Under Glass has been performed in different formations since 2007.
End of The World Cabaret first performed at BAC, May 2007 .
Spectator and Bottled performed at Back to Front Gala, Sadler’s Wells, September 2007.
Jam Jar at the Wellcome Collection, November 2007.
Wallflower at The National Review of Live Art, Glasgow, February 2008 (with Freddie Opoku Addaie).
Spectator and Bottled at Live Screen, Sadler’s Wells, March 2008.
Wallflower, Test Tube and Jam Jar at SPACE UK British Council Showcase, La Laboral, Gijon, Spain, March 2009
Full production, Sadler’s Wells off-site at Village Underground, May 2009.
Wallflower, Jam Jar, Office Block, End of The World Cabaret at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, McEwan Hall Basement (as part of the British Council’s Plats Du Jour), August 2009.
British Dance Edition 2010, Stans Café February 2010.
Bristol Old Vic, November 2010.
The Nuffield, Southampton, November 2010.
The Arts at Dartington, November 2010.
South East Dance at The Basement, Brighton, November 2010.

Supported by

Wellcome Trust, Arts Council Englend, British Council and BAC.

Commisioned by

Sadler's Wells