Under Glass: Art under the microscope at The Lowry

As part of the brilliant Manchester Science Festival, The Lowry presents award-winning Clod Ensemble's Under Glass between the 18th and the 21st October.

By Steven Pankhurst | 13 September 2017

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The medical gaze comes under the microscope as Clod’s immersive installation Under Glass comes to The Lowry following its 2009 debut at Sadler’s Wells and award-winning Edinburgh Fringe run.

Under Glass is one of Clod Ensemble’s most iconic works, a distinctive promenade production which sits somewhere between immersive installation and staged performance. Originally commissioned by Sadler’s Wells, Under Glass has been described as a cross between a museum exhibit and a medical laboratory.

Audiences will be invited on to the stage to encounter seven glass containers holding eight performers.

Inside the containers the performers appear almost as specimens; 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 clock-watching in his office, a woman on the phone in a test tube observing the disintegration of village life. The audience will be guided across the stage from container to container by lighting and sound describing moments of solitude.

Clod Ensemble is one of the UK’s most prominent performance companies who collaborate with dancers, actors, musicians, medics, architects and orchestras.

For over two decades, director Suzy Willson and composer Paul Clark have developed a highly original performance language, creating provocative, finely crafted work, ambitious in scale and concept.

Winner of the 2009 Total Theatre Award for Physical and Visual Theatre, Under Glass sees Clod Ensemble co-founders, director Suzy Willson and composer Paul Clark collaborate with Ted Hughes award-winning poet Alice Oswald, whose specially commissioned text is woven into the fabric of the score.

Under Glass
Wednesday 18th – Saturday 21st Oct
Tickets: £15.50

The Lowry, Pier 8, The Quays, Salford M50 3AZ
0843 208 6000