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.