Cellarworks
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Ages for family audiences
Dates 1999
hanging tape measures create a winding walk way
©Penny Bernand
"there are many moments when, as an adult moving through the space, one becomes wrapped up in wonder and stitched through with happiness."
- Total Theatre

About the Show

Set in a damp, low-ceilinged cellar of an old rag-trade building in Hackney, this site-specific piece enthrals audiences young and old as the hero experiences a series of surreal encounters with the workers and the materials before he finds the suit of his dreams.

The team of four artists worked with William Patten School, just 10 minutes walk from the site, exploring changes in the children’s lives through video, sculpture, dance and puppetry. The theme of change was picked up through the transformations that took place in the creating of a garment, from cutting a pattern to wearing the finished article. The children were kept informed of the creation of the piece and made site visits as the installation and rehearsals progressed.

Specially commissioned by the London International Festival of Theatre for LIFT99.

"Cellarworks was a little masterpiece of imaginative writing, staging and performance." - The Stage
David Tse Ka-Shing
Alex Martin
Helga Farhadian
Louisa Leiserach
Kathryn Powell
Desiree Scarpellini
Ian Sweeney
Penny Bernand
Co-Director
Sue Buckmaster
Co-Director
Shaheen Merali
Video Artist
Bruce Sharp
Sound
Graeme Miller
Additional Music
"there are many moments when, as an adult moving through the space, one becomes wrapped up in wonder and stitched through with happiness."
- Total Theatre
"Cellarworks was a little masterpiece of imaginative writing, staging and performance."
- The Stage
"With Theatre-Rites, and their mission to fill ordinary spaces with extraordinary theatrical events, you can only expect the unexpected. "
- Time Out