Ice Road

2 Oct – 19 Nov 2017

Image Jack Offord

★★★★★ "Truly unmissable" Epigram

★★★★½ "Impressive, immersive & emotive" The Reviews Hub 

★★★★☆ "...immersive theatre, which engages and sweeps you along" Stagetalk Magazine


Leningrad. 1942.

The siege has begun.

“You are a cockroach, Tati. You will survive the hunger, the cold, fever and this war.” 

In the wreckage of an old apartment block, four orphans are compelled to join forces to survive the murderous Leningrad blockade. Through a cruel winter, enemy shelling and gnawing hunger, Leah, Zoya, Tati and Kub fantasise of escape on the only road out of the city – the ice road.

Every night, whilst the city freezes and the bombs rain down, Leah mysteriously leaves the others for several hours. She will not tell them where she goes and they daren’t ask – the food she brings back is the only thing keeping them alive.

But then as winter bites hard, the youngest, Kub goes missing… 
Harnessing Russian folklore and historical witness accounts, Ice Road fuses performance, creative technology, original music, film and aroma to tell the story of the children war leaves behind.

"a world which is both tangible and affecting"  Bristol 24/7

"...immersive theatre as you want it to be – involving, frightening, empowering and perception-changing."  The Fine Times Recorder

"impressive and frequently engaging" The Stage

“A lesson in modern history, The Ice Road is a piece of theatre that will be hard to forget. It’s raw, honest and brutally good.” Weston Super Mum

Ice Road, written by Sharon Clark (The Stick House, The Biting Point, Plow) and directed by Kate Hewitt (winner of the JMK Award; Far Away, Young Vic) features tattoo animation by Limbic Cinema (The Stick House, Glastonbury Festival, Roni Size New Forms Tour, In Between Time - Dawn), animation by Aardman Animations, film by Jack Offord (The Stick House, Bristol Old Vic, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse) and an original score by Timothy X Atack (Sleepdogs). The show is designed by award-winning Conor Murphy (The Stick House, Royal Opera House, Royal Swedish Opera), with lighting by Ben Pacey (The Stick House) and creative technology by Tom Metcalfe.

Jacob’s Wells Baths, Bristol, BS8 1DZ

Until 19 Nov 2017

Tue – Sat, 6.30pm & 8.30pm/Sun 19 Nov, 6.30pm & 8.30pm - £18.50/£16.50 concs 

Running time: approx. 77 mins.

Ages 14+  

Please note that this performance is promenade (the audience walks through the performance) so will not be seated. If you require a seat, or have any specific access requirements, please advise box office when booking. The venue is wheelchair accessible, but access is limited, so we will need to know if you require a wheelchair ticket when you book.

The performance contains flashing lights, smoke and strong language.

Film credit: Jack Offord