The Red Chair presented by Clod Ensemble
Friday 19th June
Written and Performed by Sarah Cameron
Produced in Association with Fuel
Directed by Suzy Willson
Music by Paul Clark
‘One of those innovative and anarchic companies thrusting its way through traditional boundaries of theatre’ The Guardian on Clod Ensemble
A story of a dysfunctional father who literally eats himself into a chair! The show, in the form of an epic ballad is described as somewhere between a ghost story, Grimm’s fairy tale and a parents guide on how not to bring up children.
With is turbulent language and hilariously grotesque imagery this piece is a modern take on folk and fairy tale storytelling traditions. Think Roald Dahl, Spike Milligan and Nikolai Gagol! Both funny and deadly serious The Red Chair can only be described as magical tale of neglect. A father who eats and eats, a mother doomed to cook his meals and their ‘inveesible’ daughter.
This one woman show performed by Sarah Cameron involves just a chair and simple lighting. Sarah performs with the physical vitality which has become a trademark of the Clod Ensemble’s work, originating from the training she and director Suzy Wilson received at Jacques Lecoq school in Paris. Spoken in a rich Scots dialect Sarah, originally from Dundee, captivates the audience drawing them into the bizarre world of a troubled family. Paul Clark, Co-Artistic Director, composed a sparse selection of pieces especially for the show which intensifies the key moments in the story.
The Red Chair is approximately 1 hour 40
minutes long (including interval) and suitable for anybody aged 14+. Towards the end of the show, the audience members receive a wee dram of whisky and a chocolate to prepare them for the ghostly epilogue.
Trailer available here