On The High Road by Clod Ensemble

24 Apr 2019 - 25 Apr 2019

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. The score features award-winning Irish folk singer Thomas McCarthy, acclaimed soprano Melanie Pappenheim and cult-cabaret icon George Heyworth (Bourgeois & Maurice).

For over two decades, Clod Ensemble has developed an original performance language, creating provocative, finely crafted work, ambitious in scale and concept. Clod Ensemble regularly presents in London, across the UK and internationally.

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