‘Raucously funny, heart-stirring, and intellectually provocative… makes us feel the uncanny thrill of
shared burdens.’ Fernanda Eberstadt
A DEVISED WORK ABOUT WEIGHT AND GRAVITY.
THE OLD REP THEATRE, BIRMINGHAM, JACKSONS LANE, LONDON, OCT 2017.
Gravity shapes us. From birth to death, what bodies can do is bound by what they weigh. Things fall, softly or heavily, constantly or all at once. Some things are too heavy to carry, or to lift. Some things carry us.
Loaded combines an evocative original soundscape with texts ranging from ancient literature to modern science. Its eight performers use planks, sandbags as well as each other to explore how bodies and structures learn to bear loads – or fall apart. Violent, lyrical and funny, Loaded is a new show about the mechanics of weight and what happens when we face the limits of our strength.
Direction & dramaturgy: Sinéad Rushe
Producer: Steph Connell
Choreography: Vicki Manderson, Neil Bettles, Sandra Harnisch-Lacey
Design: Rosie ElNile
Sound design: Alexandre Kosanke
Lighting design: Colin Grenfell
SM & production: Caitlin O’Reilly
Aerial consultant: Drew Hewett/Fantastico
Physics advisor: Dr. Vijay Timms
Rose Riley. Gabriele Lombardo. Sophie Dessauer. Rachel Leah Stock. Mathias Asplund.
Original cast: Alice Hewkin, Sundi Scott, Charlène Ségeral,Tai Yin Chan, Matthew Churcher, Maria Penella Gomez.
FUNDED BY: Arts Council England, The Place Theatre Choreodrome, Ernest Cook Fund, British Science Association and Unity Trust.