October – November 2017
Film by Jack Offord
★★★★★ "Truly unmissable" Epigram
★★★★½ "Impressive, immersive & emotive" The Reviews Hub
★★★★☆ "...immersive theatre, which engages and sweeps you along" Stagetalk Magazine
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) featured 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 was 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.
Ice Road took place at Jacob’s Wells Baths, Bristol, BS8 1DZ
The Stick House
September – October 2015
The door of The Stick House is open. All you have to do is walk in...
When I was 12 my father lost me to the Beast at a game of cards…
In a country not so far away, in a time not far from our own, Marietta is about to turn 21. With a great howling from the forest and lilies left outside her house made of sticks, the beast marks his territory and waits to claim his prize. But now things are different. Now her love lies elsewhere. So there is no way she will go willingly.
Where do you hide when the beast comes to your door?
The Stick House is a dark gothic fable fusing film, music, performance and creative digital technology spinning a tale of love found, betrayals made and hearts laid bare in an astonishing and captivating theatre journey deep in the tunnels beneath Bristol. A beautiful, compelling theatre adventure that will make you hold your breath…
Cast Lucy May Rothwell / Edith Woolley Gareth David-Lloyd Christopher Elson
The Stick House featured an extraordinary theatrical mix, with projection mapping by Limbic Cinema (WOW stage @ Glastonbury; Cambridge University Projections; Cosmic Expansions for RBMA), robotics by Kyle Harini (The Book Hive), puppetry by Elizabeth Johnson (The Book Hive), film by Jack Offord (Bristol Old Vic, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse) and an original score by Tim X Atack (Sleepdogs). Directed by Anna Ledwich (Hampstead Theatre, Gate Theatre), designed by Conor Murphy (Royal Opera House, Royal Swedish Opera, The Abbey Theatre) and with an extraordinary script by Sharon Clark (Bristol Old Vic, Theatre 503, NT Studio).
The Stick House took place at The Loco Klub, Bristol